UFC 263 Early Prelims: Pannie Kianzad vs Alexis Davis: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/10/2021, 11:45 PM EDT
FRESNO, CA – DECEMBER 09: Alexis Davis of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Liz Carmouche in their women’s flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Save Mart Center on December 9, 2017 in Fresno, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Pannie Kianzad and Alexis Davis will clash in a bantamweight fight on the early prelims of UFC 263. As both fighters won their last contest, another win will catapult either lady further up the rankings.

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‘Banzai’ has been fighting in the UFC since 2018. The former Invicta FC fighter has won 3 out of her 5 fights in the promotion. Since her UFC 239 loss to Julia Avila, Kianzad has put together a 3-fight winning streak at 135. Her last win was a decision against Sijara Eubanks.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (R-L) Pannie Kianzad of Iran punches Bethe Correia of Brazil in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Canadian, Davis, broke her 3-fight skid in her last fight against Sabina Mazo. ‘Ally-Gator’ has been a UFC veteran since 2013. She happens to be one of the few fighters to finish the consensus G.O.A.T., Amanda Nunes. Despite having immense promise during the early days of her career, Davis’s MMA run hasn’t turned out the way she would have wanted it to.

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‘Banzai’ has a professional record of 14-5 with 3 T/KO finishes under her belt. Davis’s record stands at 20-10 with 10 finishes (2 T/KO and 8 submissions).

Pannie Kianzad vs Alexis Davis: Analysis

The 29-year-old Swede, Kianzad, has proved her mettle during her stint in the promotion. Despite her age, she has a lot of experience under her belt.

The 36-year-old veteran, Davis, showed her grappling accolades in her last fight. Despite being outclassed a bit by Mazo on the feet, ‘Ally-Gator’ managed to take her opponent to the ground and eventually ground out a decision in her favor.

MONTREAL, QC – APRIL 24: Alexis Davis of Canada weighs in during the UFC 186 weigh-in at Metropolis on April 24, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Davis will look to employ a similar sort of game plan against Kianzad. But ‘Banzai‘ is very sound on the feet. That can cause ‘Ally-Gator’ problems early in the fight.

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However, she should be able to use her vast experience and eventually take the fight to the mat.

Final Prediction: Alexis ‘Ally-gator’ Davis by decision.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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