Following Shawn Jordan’s quick stoppage of Pat Barry, a UFC women’s bantamweight bout between top ten fighter Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton was set to take center stage. Davis is no stranger to high profile fights and she always is involved in bouts that could be considered Fight of the Night. While the casual fight fan may not know Davis or Sexton, the women always steal the show and they were prepared to do just that again in Winnipeg.
The winner of this fight could be next in line for UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s title, so both women came out looking to impress. As we have come to expect from the previous female fights inside the octagon, both women came out aggressive and looking to inflict the early damage.
It all went wrong for Sexton when she looked to take down Davis, but the Canadian was able to quickly control her opponents posture and immediately looked to finish off the triangle. After some slick transitions from Davis, she tucked her foot behind her knee and was able to lock in the submission, but Sexton stayed tough and was trying to punch her way out of the submission.
Sexton was able to fight her way out of the submission with some huge ground-and-pound shots, but Davis immediately got the submission applied again. Unfortunately for Davis, she ate some heavy shots from Sexton until the bell fang to signal the end of the round.
The second round began just like the first round ended with both women coming out looking to press the action.
Sexton was able to get the first dominant position by taking Davis to the ground and landing in her half guard. Davis used her black belt credentials to latch on to a leg and sweep Sexton. Once Davis was back on top inside of her opponent’s guard, she began to rain down punches while looking for an opening to lock in a choke. Sexton was able to avoid a choke, but Davis quickly transitioned to her back and looked to lock in the rear-naked choke with just one hook in.
Sexton attempted to punch her way out of the choke, and Davis eventually let go in favor of raining down more ground-and-pound. After missing out on the submission, Davis was able to flatten out Sexton and rain down some brutal punches and elbows that nearly caused referee Herb Dean to stop the fight, but Sexton was saved by the bell.
Davis and Sexton marched to the center of the octagon to start the final round and exchanged punches, before Davis shot for the takedown and immediately transitioned to Sexton’s back. Her superior jiu-jitsu was on display and she was able to lock in the body triangle during a roll. With three and a half minutes to work from the back, the fight looked to be Davis’ to finish.
Despite being in a dangerous position, Sexton was able to turn and ended up inside of Davis’ guard. With Sexton on top, Davis continued to look for submissions and sweeps with a very aggressive and offensive guard from her back. Sexton eventually looked to roll to Davis’ back, but the Canadian slipped out and worked from Sexton’s guard for the final thirty seconds of the fight.
It was an intriguing bout that could have gone either way, so there was a lot of anticipation for the judge’s score.
When the judges scorecards were finally read, 29-28, 29-27 and 29-28 in favorite of Alexis Davis.