She doesn’t have the same odds going in, or even the “competing on a national holiday” card, but Alexis Davis appears to be in a very similar situation to one Chris Weidman at UFC 175.
Davis, matched up against a seemingly insurmountable foe in Ronda Rousey, will have a nation in Canada rooting her on in her quest to become the UFC female bantamweight champion.
Most expect Rousey to walk right through Davis, a winner of five straight, and into a future showdown against maybe Cris Cyborg or Gina Carano. But “Rowdy” does need to avoid what would become a giant hiccup if she slips.
A year ago, Weidman stepped inside the Octagon to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title. Everyone knows the legacy of Silva and, while some were backing the challenger, this was Anderson Silva. “The Spider.” Mr. Brazil. He just didn’t lose.
Weidman changed all that, flooring Silva and following that up with a second straight defeat of the icon later in the year.
For Davis to do the same, she’ll need to be just as mentally tough as physically strong. She needs to enter the Octagon in Las Vegas having not already lost the fight, as many do when they square off with Rousey.
When Rousey looks across the cage and gives Davis that “mean mug” she is known for, Davis needs to be confident and cocky right back.
Throughout her career, Davis has defeated Liz Carmouche, Shayna Baszler, Amanda Nunes and 13 others. She also fought former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman to a decision, so she knows what it will take to beat the best out there.
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