Amanda Nunes could defend her women’s bantam title against Alexis Davis sometime in the next few months, according to the latest UFC rumors. Davis was responsible for Nunes’ loss five years ago and Nunes can consider fighting Davis to erase that defeat.
Davis beat Nunes at a Strikeforce event on Sept. 10, 2011, and has since gone 6-2 in her last eight fights. The matches include losses to Sarah Kaufman via majority decision in March 2012 and to Ronda Rousey at UFC 175 in July 2014. Davis beat Kaufman in their rematch at UFC 186 in April 2015 but has not fought since because of pregnancy.
Fox Sports revealed Davis’ challenge to the defending bantamweight champion, who got the shocking submission victory via rear-naked choke, against Miesha Tate last month. Tate was the one responsible for defeating Holly Holm in another upset win.
“I was like this would be a good time for me start talking some trash and got fired up. My coaches were like ‘simmer down, just relax’. Just seeing that fight and obviously people advance and she’s switched camps since then and I’ve switched camps since then, but if the UFC called me tonight and said ‘hey do you want that fight?’. I’d say yes, you tell me when to be ready,” Davis said.
However, Davis’ return to UFC does not mean he will easily get a title shot. UFC president Dana White might want her to start from the bottom first then immediately challenging a champion like Nunes. A Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey or Nunes vs. Miesha Tate could also be better financially for the fighters and the UFC.
Photo courtesy: Twitter/Amanda Nunes