The UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 co-main event took place in the women’s bantamweight division as Alexis Davis took on USMC veteran Liz Carmouche. In the end, Davis would put herself in the title picture with an impressive victory tonight in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Davis Controls Carmouche
UFC women’s bantamweight Alexis Davis has been a bit underrated since coming to the promotion after the fall of Strikeforce earlier this year but she asserted herself tonight by defeating USMC veteran Liz Carmouche in the UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 co-main event. Despite being cut badly in round 2, Davis pressured with hard strikes the entire fight and largely controlled the ground action as well.
Davis is now 2-0 in the Octagon and has won four straight since her controversial 2012 loss to Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate. The Canadian fighter will likely see herself in the title picture sooner than later with the victory. Carmouche drops to 1-2 in the Octagon, with both her losses coming to top competition.
Rd. 1- Carmouche comes forward early with kicks. Davis stops this by catching a kick but missing the takedown. Nice combo by Davis. Hard legkick by Carmouche. Davis moving forward with the jab and counters a legkick by Carmouche with an overhand. Outside legkick by Carmouche. Inside legkick by an advancing Davis but hard outside legkick by Carmouche follows. Davis on the advance and she lands an inside kick that hurts Carmouche. Hard combination from Davis. Another inside kick by Carmouche with a big right hand. Davis is pressuring with a mix of legkicks and punches as Carmouche circles. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Davis.
Rd. 2- Davis is pressing forward again but Carmouche is still landing occasional hard strikes. Inside legkick by Davis and the fighters exchange hard strikes. Big strike by Liz cuts Davis badly and she starts pressuring with a hard attack. Carmouche momentarily controls the clinch but Davis works out and is on the warpath. Teep to the body by Carmouche and both exchange hard strikes. Hard outside legkick by Davis and Carmouche again changes stances. Hard combo by Davis and Carmouche fires back. Another combination from Davis and yet another volley of legkicks too. Davis catches a kick and slams Carmouche. Davis advances to side control. Davis using shoulder strikes as Carmouche ties up her arm. Carmouche is try to cage walk as Davis throws knees to the body. Carmouche lands a reversal right as the horn sounds. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Davis (20-18).
Rd. 3- Legkick by Davis drops Carmouche off the bat and she pressures as Carmouche stands. Body lock by Davis along the cage and she is using knees to the body now. Knees to the thighs and body by Davis. Carmouche reverses and lands a nice knee of her own. Davis reasserts and lands more knees. Davis is looking for an inside or outside trip before the referee splits them up. Davis is again on the attack. Carmouche is lifting her leg each time Davis advances now. Wicked volley of legkicks by Davis but Carmouche connects on a counter as Davis clinches with two minutes left. Carmouche tries a takedown but is stuffed. Davis with another combo. A minute left and we’re centered. Davis is walking her down now and Carmouche is flinching eat time Davis flinches now. Davis punches her way into the clinch and lands solid knees. Big strikes by Davis over the last ten seconds. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Davis (30-27)
Alexis Davis def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)