Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her 135-pound strap against Alexis Davis in the co-main event of UFC 175, which takes place over Fourth of July Weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And she's looking to prove a point against the "Ally-Gator."
"Rowdy" is hoping to demonstrate that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not superior to judo. And if the fight never makes it to the floor? No problem, as the Olympic medalist will use her hands to prove she's not the terrible striker you think she is, according to her conversation with Great MMA Debate (via FOX Sports):
"One thing that I couldn't stand when I was just watching MMA and coming from Judo was all these people talking about how the Jiu Jitsu people would beat any Judo player. It was such a stereotype that I thought, and still think, that I could beat any girl in the world, any weight division, gi or no-gi, black belt and in any ruleset they want, in just pure Jiu Jitsu. I really feel like the Judokas that do excel in Newaza, which is our term for groundwork, have never really gotten enough respect. This fight against Alexis, who is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and the kind of person I've heard my whole life should be the type to tap me out no problem, would be nice to prove a point against her. Then again, I always have people saying that my striking is terrible and she's a well-noted Muay Thai fighter so any way that I can beat her I think would prove a good point."
Rousey (9-0) has finished every single one of her opponents since making her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in early 2011. She also has three straight submission wins in amateur competition. But as Sara McMann learned at UFC 170, she's more than just an armbar.
No word yet on how she'll do against karma.
Davis (16-5) is the only female bantamweight outside the champion to go 3-0 inside the Octagon and has established herself as a skilled striker, as well as a formidable grappler, and promises to stop her opponent's armbar with "no problem."
Now that would prove a point.