There will be no Gina Carano-Ronda Rousey match up this summer, as UFC president Dana White announced plans for Rousey to defend her bantamweight title against Alexis Davis.
The championship match will join Chris Weidman-Lyoto Machida for the middleweight title at UFC 175 during International Fight week in July.
White made the announcement via Twitter late Friday night.
Carano was rumored for a possible return to MMA and immediate title shot, even meeting with White recently. There was no update on her status as an active fighter.
Rousey (9-0) is coming off her first knockout victory when she earned a finish over Sara McMann earlier this year. All of her eight previous wins had come via armbar.
Davis (16-5) has won five straight overall, including three inside the Octagon. She scored a split decision over Jessica Eye this past February.
If things remain as-scheduled, Rousey and Weidman will be joining forces again on pay-per-view. They were the co- and main events to the year-end show in December where Rousey topped Miesha Tate and Weidman finished Anderson Silva.
Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis Saturday, July 5th for the women’s bantamweight title in Las Vegas for International Fight Week!!!
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 12, 2014
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