The UFC continues to sign fighters to their newly minted female bantamweight division. Today they announced the signing of Alexis Davis and Sara McMann, who were either signed to, or had fought in, the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion. While these two are not lined up for a fight right now, it is a possibility they will be matched up on a card in the future, or that they could fight other women whose signing have not yet been announced.
McMann was on the short list to face Ronda Rousey in her first defense of her UFC title, but according to Dana White she professed to want a warm-up fight before that bout happened. McMann took to the media to deny those claims, but White was very adamant that she had refused to fight Rousey. Nonetheless, she shares a unique link with Rousey since they both have Olympic medals. McMann earned a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics for freestyle wrestling. She is the third undefeated female fighter signed by the UFC. Through six bouts, she has finished three of her opponents, with two coming by way of submission and one by TKO. She was supposed to fight current number-one contender Liz Carmouche at one of the Strikeforce events that was cancelled last year, but now she is fighting in the world’s largest fight promotion.
While Davis’s record is not too impressive as it stands at 13-5, many fans know that records do not tell a fighters story. She has two losses to Sarah Kaufman in those five losses, and is currently 5-1 through her last six fights. Her intrigue comes more from her background though, as Davis has two black belts in jiu-jitsu. One comes from the Brazilian style and the other comes from the Japanese style of the submission martial art. She may have one of the best chances at warding off Rousey’s signature armbar due to her background, and she knows how to attack from anywhere on the ground, which is evident since seven of her 13 wins have come by way of submission. People who doubt the women’s division will learn that they are as exciting, if not more, then the men.