Alexis Davis is going to be out of action for well more than a year. In a rarity for a professional fighter, that's a good thing.
Davis, a one-time challenger for the UFC women's bantamweight championship, announced Tuesday on Instagram that she is pregnant and expecting her first child on March 14. But just as significantly, Davis said that her 5-year-old niece, Hayden, who was diagnosed earlier this year with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, is making considerable progress.
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer common in children that attacks nerves that control the heartbeat and blood pressure. The tumor often spreads. The Stage 4 diagnosis indicates that the tumor has spread to distant organs. The five-year survival rate for a child diagnosed at age 5, according to Cancer.gov, is 52 percent.
Davis first learned of her niece's illness the day after her victory over long-time rival Sarah Kaufman at UFC 186 in Montreal on April 25. Hayden is the daughter of Davis' sister, Jessica, and she'd beenRead More »from UFC fighter Alexis Davis gets great news on multiple fronts