UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will make the next defense of her title on July 5th at UFC 175: “Weidman vs Machida” in Las Vegas, Nevada. The unbeaten judoka faces Canadian jiu-jitsu ace Alexis “Ally-Gator” Davis in what will likely serve as the co-main event.
UFC President Dana White announced the title fight on Friday night, which ended weeks of speculation regarding a potential matchup between Rousey and former Strikeforce title challenger Gina “Conviction” Carano. Rousey and top contender Davis each picked up victories at UFC 170 in February.
Rousey (9-0-0) made history this past year by becoming the first woman to ever win a fight inside the Octagon and she has since gone on to become one of the UFC’s biggest stars. In December, following a stint coaching on The Ultimate Fighter 18, Rousey submitted bitter rival Miesha “Cupcake” Tate for a second time to retain her title. The bout marked the first time that Rousey had ever been taken out of the first round in her MMA career. She made a quick return to the cage and stopped fellow Olympic medallist Sara McMann with a knee to the body in just 66 seconds at UFC 170.