One of the best fights on last night's UFC 161 card (and for my money) was 28 year old Canadian Alexis Davis taking on 35 year old British fighter, Rosi Sexton. If you didn't see it or haven’t caught it online somewhere, then you’ve missed a heck of an entertaining fight. For both those women are tough and they put on a great show last night.
The fight began with the two taking the center of the Octagon and colliding. That’s about the only word that describes their feeling-out process, for there was none. Sexton came out throwing target punches, all of which was met by Davis returning fire via a combination of Thai punches and elbows and with neither ceding ground. The fight finally worked its way to the cage where after her stuffed take-down attempt Sexton found herself in a triangle chock for nearly half the round. Not only did she bravely stick it out for the remainder of the it and in that same position, but in doing so she was able to deliver repetitive (heavy) hammer-fists to Davis’s face.
On the matter of it, I’m not sure how a judge would have scored the exchange. Yes, “Ally –Gator” had the choke on, but “The Surgeon” was the one delivering the punishment.
The 2nd round saw the excitement continue as Rosi Sexton started with a solid right to Davis’s face and then a take-down up-against the cage. However, the jui-jitsu black belt would have none of it and Alexis quickly reversed, leaving her in Sexton’s guard reigning down blows. By the end of the round Ally-Gator had taken The Surgeon’s back, flattened her out and for the last 30 seconds had free range to beat on the helpless Sexton. With Herb Dean cautioning a stoppage, she once again survived Davis’s attack and was saved by the bell.
The 3rd round began as the first two, but quickly went to the ground via a failed TD attempt by Davis. Although she stuffed it and was on top, Sexton failed to hold the position for long and was (pretty much) immediately swept, placed in a body-lock and her back taken. Yet, The Surgeon worked out of it only to put Davis on her back and delivering her own punishment. However, the very active Davis was able to once again sweep and take top position. By the end of the fight it was Alexis on top and with the unanimous decision win.
It was an eminently entertaining fight and the type of fight that should help sway fans who do not as of yet, appreciate, follow or know about WMMA. Overall, the fight was a great advertisement for it.
As a side note, I thought Herb Dean blew the call @ the end of the 2nd. He cautioned Sexton for 25 seconds to “fight back”. He should have ended the fight somewhere between the 10 and 5 seconds (left) mark and awarded Davis the stoppage.