It will be the first time the UFC has hosted an event in Manitoba, but it’s familiar territory for Davis.
“It’s great to be back in Winnipeg. This is where it all started for me. This is where I had my very first MMA fight, and I’m truly honored to have my UFC debut back here,” said Davis during a recent press conference promoting the event. “I haven’t fought in Canada in a couple of years, so I’m glad to make my UFC debut back here.”
Her MMA debut was in April 2007 against fellow Canadian Sarah Kaufman. Davis lost that night, but won her next six fights before losing to Tara LaRosa in 2009. She has only lost to three women: Kaufman, LaRosa, and Elaina Maxwell. Her career comes full-circle on June 15.
Sexton (13-2) was born in France and raised in Britain. She’ll come into Davis’ backyard for their UFC 161 showdown. Davis will enjoy the hometown crowd on her side, but expects a high-paced fight with Sexton.
“I think for this fight in particular, I think cardio, it’s all going to be cardio,” said Davis. “Rosi, obviously I’ve been studying a lot of her fights, she’s non-stop. She’s like the energizer bunny. She keeps going. She’s got a vicious ground and pound.”
Davis’ and Sexton’s records are mirror images. They both have 13 wins with seven coming by submission, two by knockout and four by decision.
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