UFC 161 will be taking place this weekend at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 16. We will get to see what should be an exciting main event between light heavyweight fighters Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, but one of matchups I am particularly looking forward to is the women’s bantamweight bout between Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton.
With the justified hype currently behind Alexis Davis, I feel that many people may have overlooked the danger that British fighter Rosi Sexton brings to the table. Rosi spoke to me about the fight back in April on the Pro UKMMA Now Podcast and explained why she enjoys being the underdog:
“I think on paper I’m probably going in as the underdog here, which I’m quite comfortable with. I quite like being the underdog. I think with it being her home town the pressure is all on her.”
Sexton holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and and black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She started her Mixed Martial Arts career back in 2002 and has since fought for various world-class promotions including Bodog, Bellator and Cage Warriors.
The 35-year-old is currently riding a three fight winning streak, most recently defeating Aisling Daly via unanimous decision at Cage Warriors 47 in June 2012. Prior to that she scored a unanimous decision victory over Roxanne Modafferi at Cage Warriors 40 in February 2011, and picked up a second round TKO win over Sally Krumdiack at Cage Warriors 39 in November 2010. A win over Davis would be huge for Sexton and would definitely shoot her into the mix for a potential title shot.
Alexis Davis is one of the most dangerous female grapplers in Mixed Martial Arts today and holds black belts in both Japanese Jujutsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is currently riding a two fight winning streak, most recently defeating Shayna Baszler via third round submission at Invicta FC 4 in January 2013. Prior to that she scored a second round submission win over Hitomi Akano at Invicta FC 2 in July 2012.
I honestly cannot wait to see these two women go to war this Saturday in what could be a high-level grappling battle. With a potential future title shot for the winner there is a lot on the line, so I expect to see these ladies at their best.
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