A former UFC title challenger will try to get back on track in February.
Alexis Davis (20-10 MMA, 7-6 UFC) will face Julija Stoliarenko (9-5-1 MMA, 0-3 UFC) in early 2022 at UFC Fight Night 201. The event takes place on February 5 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streaming on ESPN +.
UFC officials announced the women’s bantamweight bout on Wednesday and also formalized several others that had previously been reported by MMA Junkie.
Davis fought Ronda Rousey for the 135-pound title in 2014, but was stopped with a 16-second TKO at UFC 175. After that, she had a solid three-game winning streak in four fights in a two-man period. and a half years old, including a shared call with fellow former title challenger Liz Carmouche in 2017.
But since then, it’s been difficult sledding for the Canadian. Davis gave up four of his past fights, all by unanimous decision, to Katlyn Chookagian, Jennifer Maia, Viviane Araujo and, most recently, Pannie Kianzad in June. Her only win in that streak came in February when she overtook Sabina Mazo to make a decision.
After an appearance in Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Stoliarenko gave up her official UFC debut to Leah Letson in the TUF 28 Finals. But after that, she enjoyed a five-game winning streak outside of the UFC. The first four of these were all cuff finishes. Then she landed a call shared with Lisa Verzosa for Invicta in 2020.
It got him back to the UFC. But in her first fight, in August 2020, she gave up a unanimous decision to Yana Kunitskaya. And in June, she was submitted to the third round by Julia Avila for a two-fight slippage.
With this addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 201 lineup now includes:
- Jack Hermansson vs. Sean Strickland
- Marc-André Barriault against Chidi Njokuani
- Sam Alvey vs. Ian Heinisch
- Phil Rowe vs. Jason Witt
- Jailton Almeida vs. Danilo Marques
- John Castaneda vs. Miles Johns
- Denys Bondar vs. Malcolm Gordon
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Mike Trizano
- Bryan Battle vs. Tresean Gore
- Nick Maximov vs. Punahele Soriano
- Alexis Davis vs. Julija Stoliarenko
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