In the second main card bout of UFC 161, women's bantamweights Alexis Davis (14-5, 1-0 UFC) and Rosi Sexton (13-3, 0-1 UFC) left it all in the cage after a back-and-forth 15 minute battle. The ladies brawled in out on the feet and engaged in some good grappling exchanges, but it was Davis that pulled out the victory in the end. The win was her first in the UFC, while Sexton is still looking for her first in the octagon.
Sexton was stuck in a triangle for much of the first round, but Davis couldn't cinch it up against the cage and ate a ton of punches to the grill while she tried. Davis very nearly finished the fight in the second, but Sexton made it to the bell while covering up. Rosi probably won the third, but it was too late by then and Davis was awarded a unanimous decision. The scores were 29-28, 29-27, and 29-28.
What was the high point of the fight?
There were a few, but my favorite was Davis attacking a leg from the bottom in the third and using it to slickly transition to back control.
Where do they go from here?
There was talk of Davis being ready for Ronda Rousey, but that's extremely premature. She'll need at least one, maybe two more wins before that happens. She could face Sara McMann next if McMann gets through Sarah Kaufman.
Sexton will have to stick it out against bigger opponents during her UFC tenure, but she doesn't seem to have a problem with that. She could face the loser of the Sheila Gaff vs. Amanda Nunes bout at UFC 163 next.
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. This was a pretty good fight overall, even though it did drag a bit at times.