The judges awarded Davis a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28).
Both women connected early with their punches. Davis looked to work her elbows and used her knees in the clinch. Davis pushed for the takedown, but Sexton showed good defense to keep the fight standing.
Sexton shot in for a takedown, but Davis took her back and worked for the triangle choke. Sexton landed shots and searched for space, but Davis showed good composure, only to lose the triangle. Sexton did some damage late in the round with her punches.
Sexton secured the early takedown in round two and moved straight into side control. Davis reversed the position and moved into guard landing ground and pound. Davis took Sexton’s back and locked in a rear naked choke, but was unable to finish the move and switched to ground strikes. Sexton held on and was saved by the bell as referee Herb Dean was threatening to stop the fight.
Davis again used her superior BJJ early in the final frame to take Sexton back to the mat and again took her back. Davis stayed busy and moved into the guard of Sexton, attempting to rain down with strikes. Sexton eventually took Davis’ back late in the round, but they both held on as the fight went to the scorecards.
“It’s a whole new ball game (in the UFC),” Davis said. “I’ve seen a lot of her fights and she’s pretty tough, she was tougher than I thought.”
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