Welcome to CagedInsider’s coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, which came to us from Fresno, CA, and was a total placeholder wedged in between bigger UFC events, yet still managed to deliver a few surprises. Veteran scrapper Cub Swanson took on jiu-jitsu special Brian Ortega in the main event, while the co-main hillbilly hero Brian Knight facing Gabriel Benitez in the co-main. But first! A trip down memory lane with the ladies.
It seems like it was 50 years ago that Liz Carmouche was the facing Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight belt – the UFC’s first female championship contest. But Rousey’s gone now, a fading memory, and Carmouche is giving the new flyweight division a try. So is Alexis Davis, who’s been around long than Carmouche, and has maybe had a little more success (despite last only mere seconds with Rousey).
The grapple-fest begins almost immediate in Round 1, with both ladies jockeying for hand placement to secure those takedowns, and Carmouche coming up aces with one that puts her in top position. She works a little ground and pound where she can, but Davis has been here before, and threatens with an armbar late.
It’s Davis’ turn to be on top in the second, and she gives her foe a little pugilistic payback, although after a restart the duo trades leather until the horn and Davis seems to get the worst of the stand-up exchanges.
Carmouche lights her up some more in the third, but inexplicably goes for a takedown, allowing Davis to threaten with another armbar. Carmouche slams out of it, is swept soon after, and time runs out with Davis dropping leather from above.
Results: Alexis Davis def. Liz Carmouche via Split Decision