Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is set to defend her title against Alexis Davis before Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida go to war in the main event of UFC 175: Weidman vs Machida on Saturday (July 5, 2014) for the middleweight crown.

Rousey has been the most dominant female fighter in recent years, gaining the UFC strap after successfully defending the Strikeforce belt against Sarah Kaufman. She defeated Miesha Tate for a second time at UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2. It didn’t come as easy as the others, though, but that wasn’t because Tate was doing well in that fight or anything. It was more because of Tate’s willingness to engage Rousey in the grappling, much like she did in round one of their first fight.

Alexis does have a legitimate kicking game, but that could also help her fall right into Rousey’s trap. The champ does well when her opponents are throwing themselves at her and not using any sort of footwork or circling around the cage. Unfortunately for the challenger, her flat-footed muay thai style is the same approach the champion has seen over and over again in her career.

This one does have the potential to last more than five minutes. But I see Rousey finishing with another one of her highlight reel armbars in the first.

Prediction- Rousey by Submission


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