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Biofile: Alexis Davis “I’m a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. Give me that chance.”
Published by Scoop Malinowski
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 7:04 pm



By Benjamin Bieker

 

Alexis Davis is making it known that she wants a fight with Ronda Rousey even without a number one contender’s fight. She may not have a huge following, but at this point no one does besides Rousey and maybe to an extent Liz Carmouche. Currently in line for a title shot is either Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano depending on the winner of their bout, but Davis believes there are flaws in that plan.

 

“I was so disappointed that Dana was saying they might give the (Zingano vs. Tate) winner (a title shot). I’m like, ‘What?’ I’m higher ranked than both these girls.’ Miesha already had her chance. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I’m hopeful that he reconsiders.”

 

There are some that will bash her, but Davis has her points of conflict with the plan of the winner of Zingano and Tate getting the next title shot. Davis sees Tate as “a wrestler,” but Davis is, “a [Brazilian jiu-jitsu] black belt,” and told White via twitter to just “Give me that chance.” With her experience in the ground game Davis sees holes in Rousey’s grappling that others might not.

 

“[Rousey] does a white belt get to mount where she just throws that leg over and everybody lets her have it. There’s no knee on belly. She just chucks it over. I guess it’s hard to think clearly in that position. That’s the only thing I can think of. She keeps doing it. This is not the first time she’s gotten away with it.”

 

Whether that means that she can get out of Rousey’s armbar, or that she would never be put in it remains to be seen. Also, in the fight she saw where she could expose Rousey, because when Carmouche had her back that is a place Davis fights from all the time. There is a huge difference between a black belt and a blue belt on an opponents back.

 

“It’s killing me, too, because my last couple victories I won by rear-naked choke. I get to the back all the time.”

 

Watching that fight was the first time that Davis had been to a UFC event, and the energy felt in the crowd was something new. That is something she gives credit to Rousey to, because without her none of this may have happened. Davis would have never felt, “the way the crowd was with that energy blasting through the walls.” Thanks to Rousey and the efforts of all the women in MMA Davis believes that “we’ve probably got a million more fans.”


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