Round 1 - And we're underway. Both fighters test their range and trade some kicks. Davis catches one, but Carmouche gets it back. The fighters both wing power shots that just miss. They reset, and Carmouche snaps off a low kick. Carmouche lands a groin shot up the middle that draws a chuckle from both. Davis stalks and uses low kicks to try to set up punches, but Carmouche is evasive. Davis continues to target the legs, and Carmouche continues to circle. Davis backs her up against the cage and lands a few clean shots, but Carmouche again circles away and counters a low kick with a straight punch. The same sequence plays out. Not a ton of action, and it's close, but MMAjunkie.com gives it to Davis, 10-9, based largely on the aggression.
Round 2 - Davis again works the low kicks and stalks after Carmouche, who now appears determined to stay off the cage. Carmouche goes low with a kick, but Davis again chases. They trade low kicks, and Carmouche gets through a punch. Davis lands low again and delivers a quick combo, but Carmouche catches her in the centert of the cage. Davis again stalking, backing her up and landing punches. Carmouche clinches and then backs off to reset. Davis with more low kicks that are followed by punches. Davis badly bleeding from near the left eye now. Carmouche circles the outside and they trade in the center. Davis continues stalking. Carmouche looks for openings, but Davis is landing more often. Davis gets through a nice combo that sends Carmouche stumbling. The blood is flowing, but she can still see well. She bumps Carmouche and takes side control with a minute to go. Carmouche puts a knee up to fend off the mount, but Davis delivers short and effective elbows. Davis works knees to the body and then punches before Carmouche sweeps as the round ends. It's another one for Davis, 10-9.
Round 3 - The fighters clinch up early, and Davis works knees to the legs while they're against the cage. Carmouche has no room to work, and Davis continues working knees. Carmouche circles off while still in the clinch and presses Davis into the cage. Davis, though, reverses, and the position battle continues. Davis gets underhooks and looks for the takedown. The ref calls for a restart. Davis lands a nice low kick, but Carmouche fires back with a punch. Carmouche looks light on her feet and starts swing with the home-run shots. Davis closes the distance, they clinch, and eventually break off. Davis stalks again, and they trade some sloppy flurries. Davis, though, keeps her flatfooted with the low kicks, which are clearly hindering Carmouche's efforts. Carmouche looks for the counter, but even with an eye covered in blood, Davis sees the openings for kicks and quick combos. It's another round for Davis, who takes it 10-9 in the frame and 30-27 overall.
Result: Alexis Davis def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)