Following an impressive come-from-behind armbar submission over former Strikeforce champ Sarah Kaufman at April’s UFC 186, top-ranked UFC women’s bantamweight Alexis Davis was awaiting her next high-profile bout.

Then an unexpected change in plans arose for ‘Ally-gator,’ however. She posted on Instagram that she and her husband (who is also her Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach) were expecting a child early next year and she would be out of the cage until late 2016:

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“Big news to announce today a slight delay in my return to the octagon! I planned on spending as much time back home as possible to help with my niece anyways. But we are over joyed by this news and should be expecting our new arrival early 2016!! And planned to back in the Octagon by the end of the year!”

The 30-year-old Davis has won six out of her past seven bouts, with the only loss in that span a brutal 16-second knockout loss to Ronda Rousey. Now she’ll take a hiatus to understandably start a family, but the No. 3-ranked veteran could have some ground to make up when she does return.

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Thankfully, that probably won’t be all that difficult in a women’s bantamweight division that’s currently starved for contenders.