Ronda Rousey defines women's MMA to an extent not seen since since Royce Gracie defined men's MMA. But B/R's Damon Martin explains that there is a deep pool of WMMA fighters in the UFC now, and that Canadian Alexis Davis is poised to become the biggest threat to Ronda Rousey's reign.
Davis fights Rosi Sexton on the main card of UFC 161 on June 15 in Winnipeg.
As much as the spotlight has been shone down on the women's fighters, Alexis Davis refuses to look at her upcoming bout against Rosi Sexton as anything more than just another trip to the cage.
"This just feels like another fight," said Davis. "Even when they sent us out to watch Rousey and Carmouche, and we got to go behind the scenes, I felt like I was back at Strikeforce. It could be different by the time I get there, but I don't think the nerves will get to me quite as much."
"It's not like 'oh my god women are on the card!' Now, the UFC's done a really good job of pushing it. Now, every couple cards they are going to have a women's fight. So I don't think there's quite as much pressure as there was before. We're great fighters and we just have to do our thing. Whether we're fighting for the UFC or we're fighting for Invicta, or an amateur fight, we put on great fights regardless."
"A lot of us were worried that it was going to be the Ronda show, and it hasn't. They push all of their fighters, anyone who has a fight coming up. Like sending me out to the press conference, that was a great experience for me to get my name out there and just exposing women's fighters. It's kind of exploded these last few months."
"I'm happy where I am. I may not be fighting for the title next, but I've just got to keep going on the path that I'm on and I'm sure I'll get there. It's a great opportunity, and there are so many women who are dying to be in the position I'm in so I'm just going to kind of focus on the fight at hand, and show them why I should be the No. 1 contender.
"Rousey is at the top of the food chain. It's going to happen eventually. She's still new, still new in the UFC, so eventually it's going to happen that someone's going to dethrone her. Obviously, I'd love to have that opportunity."
"The longer people wait to fight me, the worse it's going to be."
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They said on the old West that "There's never a horse that couldn't be rode, and never a rider that couldn't be throwed." Who do you think is the fighter most likely to beat Ronda Rousey? Is it Alexis Davis?
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