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Nico Rosberg narrowly edged out Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets in Friday practice for the Japanese GP. The two Mercedes drivers were split by less than a tenth of a second with Rosberg just ahead following a lap of 1:32.250.Rosberg was also the faster of the two title rivals in Practice One although Hamilton out-paced his team-mate when he was running on the hard compound and Rosberg was using the mediums. Tyre supplier Pirelli joked it required a cigarette paper to measure the performance gap between Hamilton and Rosberg after they had both switched to the softs. They are both in great shape, reported Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe.Hamilton added: Its been a really good day with no problems on the car which is great. But theres still some work to be done overnight to find more pace.Hamilton is running the engine he used last month in Singapore after his power unit blew when he was leading the Malaysia GP a week ago. Following his Sepang blow-out, Hamilton can be certain of winning the world championship this year only if he wins all five of the remaining races. Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest, around three tenths adrift of Rosbergs benchmark, and ahead of Red Bulls Max Verstappen. But the Dutchman produced encouraging long-run pace to suggest that Mercedes single-lap pace advantage wouldnt necessarily be carried over to race day. We looked very good on the hard tyres, acknowledged Verstappen.Sepang victor Daniel Ricciardo was merely 12th in the timesheets after his qualifying simulation was interrupted by the deployment of the Virtual Safety Car when Esteban Gutierrezs Haas car broke down. But Kimis lap looked solid and even if we had completed my lap Im not sure l would have beaten it, admitted Ricciardo. Fernando Alonsos McLaren maintained the teams recent improvement by reaching the top ten. But Jenson Button struggled and ended the day just 16th after failing to set a clean lap.Force India emerged as the best of the rest with Sergio Perez sixth, one place ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.Renault target Carlos Sainz was tenth for Toro Rosso. The Formula 1 Gossip column The latest rumour and chat from the F1 paddock Japanese GP Practice Two Timesheet1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:32.2502. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, + 0.0723. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, + 0.3234. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, + 0.8115. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, + 0.8536. Sergio Perez, Force India, + 1.3207. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, + 1.6238. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 1.7359. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, + 1.77810. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, + 1.83611. Felipe Massa, Williams, + 1.87712. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, + 1.90013. Romain Grosjean, Haas, + 1.99114. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, + 2.05515. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, + 2.08916. Jenson Button, McLaren, + 2.14817. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, + 2.39318. 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In fact, it can spur her into action as in a November 2013 win over Liz Carmouche when she turned it up a notch after being cut over her eye. "It kind of wakes you up a little bit more. Youre like, Yup, that was a good shot. Now its my turn," said Davis. Suffice to say, theres more to the soft-spoken Davis than meets the eye. That seems to have escaped the bookmakers, who have made unbeaten champion (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey a prohibitive favourite to dispatch Davis -- ranked No. 2 among 135-pound contenders -- in the co-main event of UFC 175 on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes on former light-heavyweight title-holder Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida in the main event. Rousey (9-0) ranged from a 9-1 to 14-1 favourite as of Friday. The UFC had her as a 10-1 favourite. The bookies clearly havent been to Daviss home, which comes complete with fold-up wrestling mats stashed in the living room. When youre an elite UFC fighter and married to a fellow black belt in jiu-jitsu, you like to be able to put a theory in action when something new and exciting pops into your mind. Davis (16-5) met husband-to-be Flavio Meier three years ago at his gym in California. An accomplished black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (his titles include the 2011 Pan-American championship for black belts) and taekwondo, he is a head instructor at the Institute of Martial Arts in San Jose. Meier, who moved to the U.S. from Brazil in 1999, says it was love at first sight -- for him. "But I had to work a little bit for her," he said. That was three years ago. They married a year ago, with Meiers three boys -- now aged four, 10 and 13 -- from a previous marriage coming as part of the package. "Its another side of her that a lot of people dont know," he said. "How caring and what a great person she is. The kids love her." The 39-year-old Meier says Daviss healthy lifestyle and work ethic are great examples for the kids. The whole family trains at the gym -- even the four-year-old takes a kids class. "Hes got a dangerous armbar," joked Davis. Meier says he finds it a lot easier competing himself than watching his wife fight. "I get nervous. I dont show her but I do get nerves a lot," he said. When it comes to jiu-jitsu, both say the other is better. "He always says that I beat him up but he beats me up all the time," said Davis, who has a black belt in both Brazilian and Japanese jiu-jitsu. "Im not saying this in bias because shes my wife, but to me she is the best in the world in jiu-jitsu," said Meier. "In MMA, for sure." The 27-year-old Rousey, however, is the UFCs resident rock star. At the UFCs media day Thursday, more than a dozen reporters and four cameras were waiting in front of Rouseys chair in advance of the start. There was one Canadian reporter in front of Daviss station. Davis has no complaints. The spotlight is new to her and, while not averse to it, she is still getting used to it. "Im just a girl from a small town," she said. "Its crazy the different steps Ive taken in my life and how far Ive come. All the way to California now. Im in a video game. How cool is that? Its increedible, its almost like unreal to me.dddddddddddd But its great. I love it." Davis has enjoyed every stop of her MMA journey. "Lifes an adventure," she said. "Its taken me to a lot of places and Ive met great people." In Rousey, she is meeting a finisher. The champion has never gone the distance and her average fight time over her night-fight career is just two minutes 44 seconds. Rousey has used her judo takedown successfully in 12 of 17 attempts in the UFC for a 70.6 per cent success rate (the average UFC takedown rate is 41 per cent.) On the Davis side of the balance, the Canadian has never been submitted in 21 fights. She has outlanded her five previous opponents and scores well in the clinch. Asked about the showdown, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn lists off Rouseys strengths and successes. "What Alexis should have is a lot of hunger to be that woman and thats how she can get the job done," he said. A veteran of the sport, Davis had compiled a 9-4 record before Rousey made her pro MMA debut in March 2011. Davis made her pro debut in April 2007, losing by TKO to fellow Canadian Sarah Kaufman. Davis lost again to Kaufman, now ranked fifth among UFC bantamweight contenders, by majority decision in Strikeforce in March 2012. She says the second Kaufman showcased the old Alexis Davis -- "Im just going out there and Im just going to bang and I dont care what happens. You kind of take a lot of shots that way." Davis has won five fights in a row since, coinciding with her move to California and ability to take advantage of a larger and more diverse pool of training partners. She worked with Cesar Gracie before settling at the Institute of Martial Arts, owned by eight-time jiu-jitsu world champion Caio Terra who will be in her corner Saturday along with Meier. Davis added two-hour trips twice a week to Sacramento to her training camp this time, to work on her wrestling with Uriah Fabers Team Alpha Male. The thought is wrestling may help control the explosive throws of Rousey, who won Olympic bronze in judo. "They always say that wrestling is like the anti-judo," said Davis. But Davis, who speaks of Rousey with real respect, says its hard to prepare for the champion because Rousey evolves every time she fights. "Its like a whole new Ronda were seeing every time," said Davis. While Rousey is known for her armbar, she has good standup and stopped Sara McMann with a knee to the body. "I want the fight to go to the ground," said Davis. "I just want it to go on my terms." But she says she is comfortable wherever the fight goes. Davis has worked hard on her standup game and has good kicks, although she says she sometimes forgets to use them. The five-foot-six Canadian believes the fight will either end in the first round or go five rounds. The two women have shown plenty of mutual respect, exchanging a warm handshake after posing in front of the media Thursday. Rousey and Davis are the only female fighters to go 3-0 in the UFC. But while Rousey has made movies ("The Expendables 3," "Entourage" and "Fast and Furious 7"), earned ESPY Award nominations and appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, Davis has flown under the radar. Asked whether she has treated herself with any of her UFC fight paycheques, Davis admits only to buying a new TV. "Were kind of saving up," she said. "Id like to eventually buy a house." A win Saturday would make Davis only the third Canadian to hold a UFC title, following Carlos (Ronin) Newton and Georges St-Pierre. It would also change her world. Despite the lopsided odds, Meier says bet on it. "Saturday shes going to shock the world," he said. "I know this for sure." ' ' '