Now that I am graduated, I have had more time to write about my thoughts surrounding mixed martial arts. Here are links to the MMA columns I have written so far this week.
The women’s bantamweight division made another stride at last night’s UFC 161 event, as the “Ally-Gator” Alexis Davis (14-5) and Rosi “The Surgeon” Sexton (13-3) went the distance.
After three rounds it was Canadian from Port Olborne, Ontario, who ended up with the decision victory.
Still, props have to go to Sexton as she was able to to survive Davis’s several submission attempts. one of which included a deep triangle choke in the first round. There were even moments during the match where The Surgeon was able to trap Davis and deliver several shots to Ally-Gator’s face.
With the fight now in the books, it will be interesting to see where both fighters go from here. Sexton’s strong performance earns her another chance in the octagon. She could get the loser of the Julie Kedzie (16-11) vs. Germaine de Randamie (3-2).
As for Davis, she, like so many other fighters, has long expressed her desire to fight current UFC champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (7-0). While she did showcase great grappling skills in her match against Sexton, it may not be enough to convince the UFC brass for an immediate title shot. Personally I think Davis has made improvements over the years and her shot with Rousey will come as long as she continues her winning ways.
If not Rousey, I say give Davis a rematch with rival Sarah Kaufman (16-2), who is set to face Sara McMann (7-0) in August. In first meeting back in April 2007, which also happened to be Davis’ MMA debut, Kaufman scored a third-round TKO victory. In their second fight back in March 2012, Davis and Kaufman went three rounds in a fight that ended both women bruised. In the end, Kaufman emerged the victory with a majority decision.
For Davis, a victory over Kaufman would not only be a feather in her cap, but also the closing of a chapter of her career that would probably lead to greater opportunities.