NASHVILLE UFC newcomer Cindy Dandois knows what she’s good at, and it isn’t slugging it out. A judo practitioner, she’d rather take an opponent to the mat and land shots before sinking in a submission. On four occasions in her professional career, she’s done just that. Apparently, though, that preference held her back. When the UFC opened a women’s bantamweight division for now ex-champ Ronda Rousey, Dandois wasn’t on the list of fighters invited to compete in the octagon. A spot on “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” which groomed many of the women currently fighting in the promotion at 135 pounds, wasn’t in the cards, either. “I heard it’s because I’m not the best striker in the world,” Dandois (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) told MMAjunkie. “But it’s MMA. It’s everything, so other points can cover it. I feel like everybody should be able to do what they’re best at.” It took UFC women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate to turn things around. Dandois said the now-retired star knocked on doors on her behalf, talking her up to executives. Eventually, an opportunity arose. On Saturday, she’ll make her long-awaited debut at UFC Fight Night 108, taking on onetime title challenger Alexis Davis (17-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims of the event at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. “I wondered (why it took so long to get the call) many times, because I really wanted to be here,” Dandois said. “It was my biggest dream. I worked very hard for it. But I get it, because of my style, that I had to wait longer.”Davis, the No. 11 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, brings a jiu-jitsu centered style to the table, though she’s not shied away from brawling with opponents. Dandois could try to impress the bosses by standing and trading with her, but she said that would be working against her strengths. Even though it might be against her long-term career interests to turn a fight into a grappling mach, she’s going to stay true to her instincts. “I’m going to throw her and grapple with her,” Dandois said of the fight. “That’s always my game plan. That’s the thing I like to do. I’m not going to say, like, I’m going to high kick her. I could say that, but it would not sound very sincere.” Check out the video above for more from Dandois ahead of her fight with Davis.And for more on UFC Fight Night 108, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.