Viola Davis leads the way in a different kind of battle royale. She’s a woman who has come to the UFC. She’s a woman who’s taken an interest in the Octagon. She’s a woman who is ready to fight and she’s a woman who is ready to go toe-to-toe with the rest of the UFC’s biggest names.
The UFC has been a woman’s MMA organization to date. The last time that wasn’t the case was the 2006 Strikeforce and it’s predecessor, Invicta FC. But after a number of women like Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis joined the organisation, women became a major focus of the UFC and they began to change the landscape of MMA.
Viola, 21, is now the youngest women’s UFC champion, but she is still growing up in the Octagon. Not that she is anything like her teammates.
“I’ve made it pretty clear that I don’t like talking to anyone or trying to have an opinion,” says Viola Davis, just a few months into her UFC career. “I don’t have one. I’m one of the new kids on the block right now and I’m here to do what I need to do to be the best that I can be. All I can do is what I can do to make sure I win.”
That is Viola as she prepares to embark on what is shaping up as the biggest fight of her career.
“I don’t know what the title shot will feel like,” she says. “Right now, I don’t care. Whoever she wants is fine with me. I’m just going to go in there and compete. No matter who it is, just go in there and fight. I’m not going to say that I’m scared. I’m confident of how I fight and I don’t even have to think about it anymore. I’m just going to go in there