Liz Carmouche may have earned fanfare as one of the first two women to ever fight inside the Octagon, but she now finds herself 1-2 in the UFC after Alexis Davis routed her in a unanimous decision win at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 (UFC Fight Night 31) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Wednesday.
Just as the bout started, that's the way it was carried out and ended.
The pair spent the early part of the frame not overly willing to engage. Davis did all of the talking and scored repeatedly with inside and outside leg kicks. Carmouche tried to find a home for her counter punches, but continually kept coming up short. Carmouche was able to land the intermittent strike.
Davis then kicked off the second frame just as the first ended, with her stalking and scoring with inside leg kicks. After a minute in, Carmouche dove in with a right hand on Davis, one that landed with authority and opend a big cut over Davis' left eye. Davis would be undeterred, however, and would charge forward with her own series of rapid fire punches. In fact, Davis would score with a takedown, working immediately from side control, but not doing more than landing a hammerfist.
Despite there being a huge gash over the eye of Davis, she was able to kick off round three with a bang, dropping Carmouche temporarily with another inside leg kick. Despite a quick break from the referee due to inactivity, Davis continued to press forward and control Carmouche in the clinch, landing knees and short elbows. Davis closed out the round just as she spent the majority of the time fighting, pressing Carmouche backwards and landing strikes almost at will.
The judges awarded Davis the bout with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. Davis climbs to 15-5 in professional MMA while Carmouche drops to 9-4.