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Ronda Rousey to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 175

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According to an Apr. 11 post from Bleacher Report, fast-rising Canadian striker Alexis Davis (16-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will finally get a UFC title shot after three-straight wins in the promotion.

Davis, 29, has been booked to fight UFC bantamweight champ "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on July 5, in the co-main of UFC 175. The UFC 175 card, which goes down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev., features Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida in the headlining slot.

With two title fights on the bill, UFC 175 is shaping up to be the UFC's best card of 2014. Rousey fights Davis for the women's 135-pound title, and Weidman battles Machida for the men's middleweight strap. So far, the swing fight on the UFC 175 main card is Uriah Hall vs Thiago Santos.

Several more fights will be added to UFC 175 in the days and weeks ahead, so there's a chance Hall vs Santos will be lowered to another spot on the bill. Weidman vs Machida will definitely remain the main event, and Rousey vs Davis will absolutely be the co-main.

Davis, who holds UFC victories over Liz Carmouche, Jessica Eye and Rosi Sexton, will be a heavy underdog heading into UFC 175, but she has heavy hands and a legit submission game that Rousey won't overlook. Davis, a black belt in both Japanese Jujutsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is a submission master who is known for having one of the best rear-naked choke moves in the game.

There had been some speculation that former Strikeforce star Gina Carano would be returning to MMA for a title fight against Rousey, but that fight appears to be on the shelf for now. Carano would still possibly return to the fold, but it looks like she won't be getting Rousey right out of the gate. Holly Holm and Cris "Cyborg" Santos also missed out on the title fight against Rousey.

Does Davis deserve the fight against Rousey? Absolutely. No other female bantamweights can boast three victories under the UFC banner. Davis earned her shot. On July 5, she'll have a chance to prove to the world that she's the real deal.


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