Carmouche and Davis both teased on Twitter on Thursday that they had news coming, but it was MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports that first reported the bout on Friday.
Carmouche (9-3) made history alongside current UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey by challenging her in the first women’s bout ever put on by the promotion. She took Rousey’s back in the fight, but couldn’t fully sink a submission. Rousey escaped, turned the tables and armbarred Carmouche.
The former Marine returned at UFC on Fox 8 in July, stopping Jessica Andrade by TKO stoppage. The victory put Carmouche on the fast track towards a return to title contention, and a victory over the likes of Davis would surely make her a likely contender for whoever holds the belt after Rousey and Miesha Tate square off at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.
Davis (14-5) hasn’t yet challenged Rousey, but finds herself knocking on the door of a title shot. She won her UFC debut by defeating Rosi Sexton at UFC 161 in June, which followed up back-to-back wins over Shayna Baszler and Hitomi Akano.
Defeating Carmouche would be Davis’ biggest achievement to date and elevate her into contention.
A middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Tim Kennedy is expected to headline the UFC’s third Fight for the Troops event.