Women’s bantamweight fighter Alexis Davis put on a hell of a show last night at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov, weathering an early storm from her opponent Amanda Nunes to come back and win via TKO in the second round.
Though the bout took place at 135lbs., Nunes is a top-ranked 145lbs. fighter whom many pegged would get through Davis before moving on to challenge the terror of women’s MMA, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos for her title. Davis had other plans obviously and waded through Nunes’ early barrage of strikes to take the momentum and the fight in the second round. She spoke with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani post-fight and revealed what the win means to her and where she’d like to go from here.
“It is, it’s a huge win for my career,” said Davis. “Amanda’s a great fighter, she’s ranked number three in the 145 weight class. So, it was just huge for me considering she’s won all of her wins by knockout and I was able to capitalize and play my own game.”
When she took Nunes’ back in the second, flattened her out and went to town with punches until the ref halted the fight, it came as a surprise to the many who predicted Nunes would breeze through this fight and move onto Cyborg. With things having played out the way they did, Davis may have lined herself up for a shot at the opponent-less returning champion.
Despite Santos’ fearsome reputation, Davis told Helwani that she’d be happy to meet her in the cage, as long as she’s given enough time to gain weight and prepare.
“Whatever Strikeforce decides. We’ll have to see down the road,” she said of her future. “I’m happy to fight for Strikeforce, whoever they give me. As long as I had a good amount of time to properly train and put on a healthy size, then I’m all for it.”