Morning Report: 'Absent of emotion,' Ronda Rousey looking to 'prove a point' against Alexis Davis

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would probably appreciate some help selling her fights, but she isn't looking for bulletin board material. Booked against another demure opponent happy to avoid the spotlight, Rousey just needs Alexis Davis to show up for their title bout at UFC 175 on Jul. 5. Fiery rival or meek missing person, it doesn't matter.

"It doesn't change anything for me because I'm not an emotional fighter," Rousey told FOX Sports. "I have zero emotion when I go in there and fight. It could be my best friend in the world or it could be my worst enemy. I would fight them the same. I would fight Miesha Tate and Shayna Baszler in exactly the same way. I love Shayna and I can't stand Miesha but emotions have nothing to do with the way I fight. Fighting is absent of emotion for me."

One angle being leaned on for promotion is the fact that Rousey has yet to face a top-flight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player in her 9-0 career. A black belt under Cesar Gracie now training alongside world champion grappler Caio Terra, Davis gives Rousey the chance to check that box.

"It's definitely an interesting new challenge," said Rousey. "One thing that I couldn't stand when I was just watching MMA and coming from Judo was all these people talking about how the Jiu Jitsu people would beat any Judo player. It was such a stereotype that I thought, and still think, that I could beat any girl in the world, any weight division, gi or no-gi, black belt and in any ruleset they want, in just pure Jiu Jitsu.

"I really feel like the Judokas that do excel in Newaza, which is our term for groundwork, have never really gotten enough respect. This fight against Alexis, who is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and the kind of person I've heard my whole life should be the type to tap me out no problem, would be nice to prove a point against her. Then again, I always have people saying that my striking is terrible and she's a well-noted Muay Thai fighter so any way that I can beat her I think would prove a good point."

Ronda Rousey defends her UFC women's bantamweight title to Alexis Davis Jul. 5 at UFC 175 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via DirtyBird2.

DirtyBird2's Weekly Prospect Breakdown

Due to the request of some members I will be doing a weekly breakdown of prospects to look out for. The overall landscape of MMA is in no lack of stars and future stars and I'll highlight the ones to look out for.

Last week I did Russian HW Konstantin Erokhin, ( http://www.mmamania.com/2014/6/16/5815946/dirtybird2s-weekly-prospect-breakdown ) this week keeping it in the HW Division I will focus on one of the TOP prospects out there Marcin Tybura.

Marcin "Tybur" Tybura 6'3 242lbs 28 years of age and a perfect 10-0 record. He's one of the top dogs in M-1 and the biggest fight M-1 can put together is coming up for him next. In August he will face Damain Grabowski. (19-1) who is a perfect 6-0 since his soul loss in Bellator to former champ Cole Konrad. The winner is the Best HW prospect outside the Major orgs. Hands down.

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