Gina Carano and Cat Zingano, take a number. Alexis Davis has seemingly come out of nowhere to become bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s next opponent. The 135-pounders will co-headline UFC 175 on Fourth of July weekend.
UFC president Dana White announced the scrap Friday night via Twitter.
Rousey, who is currently filming the “Entourage” movie, owns an unblemished 9-0 professional record. She has finished all of her victims before the final horn.
“Rowdy” quickly disposed of Sara McMann the last time she took center stage in February.
Davis has rattled off five straight wins, with her last two coming inside the octagon. “Ally-Gator” was most recently seen taking a split decision over Jessica Eye in February at UFC 170.
Zingano is the division’s top contender, but it appears her surgically repaired knee isn’t coming along as expected. Carano, meanwhile, met with White on Wednesday night to discuss a possible comeback.
Nothing has been disclosed from their meeting, so it’s possible Carano could still return to challenge a victorious Rousey for her throne in December. That tango would mark the biggest fight in WMMA history.
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the July 5 festivities. A middleweight title tilt between champion Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida is slated to headline the pay-per-view broadcast – assuming, of course, Weidman can return in time from his knee surgeries.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Thiago Marreta vs. Uriah Hall
Alexis Davis vs. Ronda Rousey (UFC bantamweight champion)
Lyoto Machida vs. Chris Weidman (UFC middleweight champion)