Whith Ronda Rousey tied up in this season of the Ultimate Fighter and Miesha Tate, and no. 1 contender Cat Zingano waiting in the wings, the UFC is looking to make matches for it’s other top-tier women fighters. Liz Carmouche, the former no. 1 contender and former Marine, is a natural fit for the UFC’s upcoming Fight for the Troops card. And Kevin Iole at Yahoo reports that she’s looking to rebuild her title aspirations with a matchup against the UFC’s no. 6 ranked Women’s bantamweight in Alexis Davis.
Davis is a Cesar Gracie black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and much like Carmouche a woman on the rise at 135 lbs. She enters this contest on a 3-fight winning streak, her most recent being her UFC debut against Rosi Sexton. She’s one of the few fighters in the UFC women’s ranks to posess a true high level Jiu Jitsu game and could be a real threat to a fighter like Carmouche who looks to dominate principally with raw strength and ground and pound. Carmouche, herself, is coming of the most impressive win of her career, a second round TKO over Jessica Andrade at UFC on Fox 8.
If Carmouche wants to get another crack at the title Davis is a perfect step up in competition. Unlike Andrade, Davis is fairly close in height and her strong grappling pedigree means that she’ll test Carmouche’s submission defense. Likewise for Davis, Carmouche is a big strong, physically imposing bantamweight and exactly the kind of fighter she needs to beat to prove that she has a shot at the title.
UFC Fight for the Troops 3 takes place on November 6, and will be headlined by Tim Kennedy taking on Lyoto Machida in Machida’s middleweight debut. Here’s a look at the current card:
Lyoto Machida vs. Tim Kennedy
Jorge Masvidal vs. Rustam Khabilov
Neil Magny vs. Seth Baczynski
Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero
Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin
George Roop vs. Francisco Rivera
Colton Smith vs. Michael Chiesa
Dennis Bermudez vs. Nik Lentz
Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
Bobby Green vs. James Krauss
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