Rosi Sexton makes UFC history

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Rosi Sexton made history this weekend after she became the first British woman to fight in the UFC.

The Manchester bantamweight lost a unanimous decision to Canada's Alexis Davis after the 35-year old was out manoeuvred on the floor.

Despite her defeat in UFC 161, Sexton emerged with great credit on her debut and believes it was a good fight.

"The UFC butterflies are real," Sexton told the Daily Mail. "It is funny, I was very nervous backstage but once the fight started the nerves went away.

"I did a few things wrong, made some mistakes, but I think it was a good fight.

"I'm so tired I can barely speak. The adrenaline dump I got when Bruce Buffer said my name was awesome.

"I wanted to finish the fight in the first round. I landed some big elbows standing, but she's tough and so hard to finish on the ground."

Sexton has competed in mixed martial arts for the past decade before eventually making her UFC debut. She went into the fight as the underdog against the younger fighter, who was fighting in her native country.

Sexton had to repeatedly fight off ground attacks from her opponent early on. She appeared set to succumb to a triangle choke in the first round but she dug deep and did enough to win a round on two of the judges' scorecards.

But after her best efforts, Sexton eventually lost via unanimous decision 29-28, 29-27, 29-28.

There was more disappointment for Britain when John Maguire suffered his third consecutive defeat meaning he could face the axe from the promotion.

Maguire had dropped to lightweight as he fought for his future in the UFC against Mitch Clarke.

But the 30-year old lost by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) against the opponent who went into the fight having also lost two consecutive fights.

Clarke targeted Maguire's legs and arms early on but he Englishman secured a takedown in the second round meaning the result relied on the outcome of the final round.

But Clarke managed to execute strikes on Maguire and secured the victory.


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