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.
As always, FightLine will have complete coverage of UFC 175, including play-by-play and post-fight news and information.
UFC president Dana White made an appearance on FOX Sports 1 recently to promote UFC 175. White discussed a number of subjects, including the recent decision to part ways with Chael Sonnen.
“It’s never easy making decisions like this,” White said. “Chael is a person I personally care about; I know a lot of people at FOX care about him too.
The guy had four banned substances in his system. Four banned substances in his system leading up to a fight here in Las Vegas. It’s a tough one. It’s one of those hard decisions you have to make. It was definitely a hard one.”
Sonnen was scheduled to fight this weekend against Vitor Belfort before failing the first of two tests given to him by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He was the co-host of “UFC Tonight” on FS1 opposite Kenny Florian.
White also talked about this possibly being the final time BJ Penn fights, as he takes on Frankie Edgar Sunday. Hear the entire interview with White in the video below:
Hey, you just beat the legend, Anderson Silva, for a second straight time. So, Chris Weidman, what are you doing next?
That’s the question Weidman will begin answering this coming weekend when he faces Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 in the main event.
Not to take anything away from Machida, a former light heavyweight champion and a man considered one of the top fighters in the world, but for Weidman, it has to feel like a letdown.
And there’s nothing that could really change that outside of facing a fellow UFC champion.
The challenge ahead for Weidman is a difficult one – both inside the Octagon and outside of it. In terms of matching up with Machida, that’s a task in and of itself.
But mentally, Weidman has to get over Anderson Silva and all the hoopla and prestige that he brought with him to the Octagon. One thing going in Weidman’s favor is the timing of the card, as it takes place almost a year to the day when he first beat Silva.
For Weidman, fighting on the Fourth of July in Las Vegas could become a tradition. It allowed him to drape the U.S. flag over his body last year when he finished “The Spider” with a second round knockout blow and let off an incredible thrill through the night.
Weidman’s win changed the entire course of the UFC. It gave Johny Hendricks a chance against Georges St-Pierre – and he almost came through. It gave TJ Dillashaw a shot vs. Renan Barao – and he prevailed. Weidman’s win was a motivating factor for all the underdogs out there to go out and succeed inside the Octagon.
Now, as the hunted, “The All-American” must regain that status as the underdog and prepare just the same way he did for Silva; feeling as if the entire world is against him and he has nothing to lose.
As always, FightLine will have complete coverage of UFC 175 this Saturday night, including live play-by-play and all your post-fight news and information.
Cub Swanson’s sixth straight win has left him in the position of next contender to the UFC featherweight title, at least according to the official UFC rankings. The rankings were released on Monday.
Swanson earned a decision over Jeremy Stephens this past weekend, moving past Frankie Edgar and Ricardo Lamas. He is now No. 2, behind only current contender Chad Mendes to Jose Aldo’s reign atop the division.
Stephens, despite the loss, moved up to No. 10 at 145 pounds.
Brad Pickett, Takeya Mizugaki, Bryan Caraway, Alex Caceres, Nik Lentz, Conor McGregor, Michael Johnson, Bobby Green, Mauricio Rua, Fabio Maldonado and Andrei Arlovski all moved up in their respective divisions.
Myles Jury took a bit of a page out of the book of Nate Diaz, posting on Twitter Sunday that he has already accepted a fight with the former No. 1 contender.
“Nate Diaz I respect u a lot, BUT… I confirmed to fight you & have been waiting on you for a week,” Jury posted. “Are we getting after it or what?”
The 25-year-old alum of The Ultimate Fighter has won all five of his UFC fights, including a recent decision over Diego Sanchez. He has a submission win over Chris Saunders an a second round knockout of Ramsey Nijem to his credit.
Diaz, meanwhile, has been adamant that he wants a new contract to return to fighting following a win over Gray Maynard. He negotiated a deal prior to his world title fight with Benson Henderson, which he lost via decision.
.@NateDiaz209 I respect u a lot, BUT… I confirmed to fight you & have been waiting on you for a week. Are we getting after it or what?
— Myles Jury (@FuryJury) June 29, 2014