UFC bantamweight Alexis Davis announces she's pregnant

UFC bantamweight contender Alexis Davis announced on social media that she's pregnant with her first child. Ed Mulholland for ESPN

UFC female bantamweight contender Alexis Davis will sit out the remainder of 2015, as she announced via social media on Tuesday she's pregnant with her first child.

Davis, 30, wrote on Instagram she is due early next year. She expects to make a return to the Octagon in 2016.

"Big news to announce today," Davis wrote. "Slight delay in my return to the Octagon! I planned on spending as much time back home as possible to help my niece anyways. But we are over joyed by this news and should be expecting our new arrival early 2016!!"

The Canadian martial artist came up short in a UFC title bid against Ronda Rousey in July 2014, losing via knockout in the first round. She bounced back with a submission victory against Sarah Kaufman at UFC 186 in April.

ESPN.com ranks Davis (17-6) the No. 5 bantamweight in the world. She will join several mothers already on the UFC roster, including former UFC title contender Sara McMann and former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson.