Alexis "Ally-Gator" Davis' unanimous-decision victory over Liz "Girlrilla" Carmouche at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 on Wednesday held extra incentive because it effectively represented a pendulum swing for the fighters.
The victor would be just a step away from potentially challenging the winner of the Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate match at UFC 168 for the women's bantamweight championship. Meanwhile, the loser would be in need of a few wins just to vault back into serious contention for the belt.
Indeed, Davis' decisive victory now propels her up the challenger hierarchy, while Carmouche plummets in the opposite direction. If you missed it, this tweet from the UFC summed up the fight:
Here are the consequences we can expect for both fighters going forward.
Unrelenting in her attack, @AlexisDavisMMA gets the big win via UD!— UFC (@ufc) November 7, 2013
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She will probably have to take a step back with her next opponent, perhaps someone like Amanda Nunes. Nunes is a powerful 25-year-old fighter whom Davis defeated back in 2011 via second-round TKO. Given the problems that Carmouche had with Davis' relentless aggression, Nunes might be a handful for her.
Regardless, Carmouche is now 1-2 in the UFC and 9-4 in professional MMA. The 29-year-old is looking at an uphill, though not impossible, climb back toward the top.
A Title Bout?
If her next opponent is Rousey, Davis' reputation as a submission artist could give her a chance in a quick bout against Rousey's deadly armbar assault. The 26-year-old Rousey is still undefeated at 7-0, so Davis would be a significant underdog in the fight.
If Tate can pull off the upset, Davis would be facing an opponent who is similarly suited to submission wrestling. Such a potential strength-on-strength matchup might be more conducive to Davis' chances of winning the women's bantamweight title.