The last few months have been hyped and very busy for Ronda Rousey. From numerous reports linking her to professional wrestling, including her interest in participating in a match at next year’s Wrestlemania, and her role in Expendables 3, it seems the UFC women’s bantamweight champion has a lot on her plate. Unfortunately, the possibility of Ronda Rousey versus Gina Carano is going to remain a dream fight. Ronda’s next opponent gunning for her title is Alexis Davis.
According to Fox Sports, Ronda Rousey will put her bantamweight title on the line at UFC 175 on July 5th. Dana White, president of UFC, confirmed this match-up through a tweet, Friday night. Most likely, the Ronda Rousey versus Alexis Davis match will be the co-main event of the card. It is already headlined by a middleweight title bout between Chris Weidman, who is the current champion, against Lyota Machida. Chael Sonnen and Wandelei Silva are also facing off. It seems that the fight card for the “4th of July” weekend fight is full!
Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis Saturday, July 5th for the women’s bantamweight title in Las Vegas for International Fight Week!!!
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 12, 2014
On other related news pertaining to Gina Carano, White was supposed to meet with her about her possible return. Both White and Ronda Rousey said on Wednesday, at a media luncheon in Los Angelas, that Carano deserved a shot for her work as a women’s MMA pioneer despite her absence of five years. This only added fuel to the speculation fire at a future Ronda Rousey versus Gina Carano match.
What is peculiar is that Ronda Rousey wasn’t paired against Cat Zingano. Cat seemed to be the rightful number one contender for Ronda’s title when she beat Miesha Tate back in 2013. It must be reported that Cat tore her ACL and her husband died over the winter, but her manager, Ed Soares, said she would be ready to fight Ronda Rousey by this coming June. Apparently, Cat is not ready to return.
Ronda Rousey is still undefeated with a 9-0 record, eight of them are first-round stoppages. Her last fight was against Sara McMann, winning by TKO. Alexis Davis will be a fast turn around for Ronda. Davis is 16-5 as a professional. Currently, she is in an impressive five-fight win streak, which also includes three wins in the UFC octagon.
[Image via screencap of Alexis Davis]