UFC 186 is just around the corner and while this card has been much maligned by fans and pundits alike, it’s still an important showcase for the fighters competing on the card.

Every fight is important in the UFC for a fighter, and every time a fighter steps into that cage they are laying the groundwork for their next opportunity. Wins are valuable commodities in the UFC, but wins over ranked opponents are even scarcer. Pick up a few wins over ranked opponents and a fighter’s next bout could be for a UFC title.

That’s exactly what women’s bantamweight Sarah Kaufman is hoping to achieve on Saturday night with a win over Alexis Davis.

Currently 1-0 with one no contest, Kaufman heads into UFC 186 as the #5 women’s bantamweight according to the UFC rankings. A win over Davis – #3 in the official UFC rankings – would go a long way towards securing her shot at UFC gold and a shot at redemption against Ronda Rousey.

Kaufman challenged Rousey for the then-Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title in August of 2012 but she came up short against the former Olympian; Rousey submitted Kaufman in under a minute with her patented armbar.

With a potential title shot and an opportunity to avenge an embarrassing loss, Kaufman has everything to gain on Saturday night. But even though Kaufman has defeated Davis twice before, she will have her hands full with the Cesar Gracie black belt.

Since her last loss to Kaufman, Davis went on a five fight winning streak before being bested by Rousey at UFC 175. A long time veteran of women’s MMA, Davis has taken her lumps over the years, but she has since turned a corner.

An emphatic win over a fighter like Davis – even though she has beaten her twice – would cement Kaufman’s place as Rousey’s next challenger. All she has to do now is win.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.