Women debut at Cage Warz

BOB HOLLIDAY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:01 AM ET

Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis are adrenaline junkies -- they get their fix in an octagon ring.

After three years of training in mixed martial arts, Davis gets her first taste of action tonight when she squares off with Kaufman at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Bell time for the 11-bout card is 6 p.m. The doors open at 4:30 p.m.

"I feel pretty good and I'm in good shape. I've trained for the past three years for this," said the soft-spoken Davis, from Port Colbourne, Ont.

The match is the first time two women have duked it out for promoter Tony Condello's Ultimate Cage Warz.

Davis, 23, is in tough. Her opponent sports a 3-0 record with a knockout and two TKOs.

Like Davis, the 21-year-old Kaufman fell in love with the sport three years, so much so that she put her dream of becoming a cardio-vascular surgeon on hold.

'GOOD CHOICE'

"It's been a good choice so far. I have no regrets," said Kaufman. "I did ballet, jazz dance. I taught it but there's no rush like stepping into the ring. I love it. You always have to challenge yourself."

Kaufman admits being a "bit of a bookworm" while growing up in Victoria, B. C.

"Most of my high school teachers are in shock. I was so quiet in school," she said.

Neither fighter knows much about her opponent.

"We'll see what happens. We'll go out there, put on a good show and have lots of fun," said Kaufman who tipped the scales at 140 pounds at yesterday's weigh-in. Davis checked in at 136 pounds.

"I know she likes to ground and pound. I like to stand and fight but I can go to the mat," said Davis.

Both fighters see an expanding role for women in mixed martial arts.

"I'd love to see more women's bouts on TV and maybe a championship belt," said Davis. "There's definitely a role for women."


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