UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

On Saturday February 23rd, at UFC 157 Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche will meet inside the Octagon at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The two will be the first women fighting in the UFC, and they will be battling for the women’s bantamweight title which was awarded to Rousey by default during a “UFC on Fox 5″ pre-fight press conference. Liz Carmouche (8-2, 5 KOs) has more experience in the MMA world than Rousey (6-0,). However, Rousey is recognized around the world as the face of women’s MMA, previously held by Gina Carano. With only six professional fights, and 6 first round submissions via armbar, Rousey has thrust herself into the limelight. Nonetheless, we have yet to see Rousey’s jaw get tested, can she take a punch, can she weather a storm, nobody knows because none of her fights have gotten to that point.

Also on this stacked card is Machida vs. Henderson. The winner of this could end up meeting Jon Jones if and when he defeats Chael Sonnen. I find this fight very interesting because Dan Henderson has become more one dimensional during his recent success. He loads up that right nicknamed the H-Bomb, and he lets it rip, which has proved to be pretty damn effective. His opponent Lyoto Machida just might be the most elusive fighter in UFC history. Machida is crafty, unorthodox, a great striker, and this could prove to be very challenging for Dan Henderson who has the tendency to just come straight forward with that loaded right hand. Urijah Faber finds himself in a must win situation, a loss here could really hurt his clout, and raise the question where does he go from here. He will meet Ivan Menjivar who by no means is an easy fight.

Josh Koshcheck will meet slugger Robbie Lawler who is back in the UFC after a long absence. Robbie Lawler has struggled lately in the Octagon, and its usually when he gets caught in a submission. If Koshcheck wants to win this fight, he’ll play it smart and immediately take it to the ground. If he chooses to stand and bang with Lawler, he could quickly find himself snoring. Brendan Schaub meets Lavar Johnson, expect this fight to be over in the first round with one of these guys flat on their back, no need to say more. Other exciting bouts has Court McGee vs. Josh Neer, Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen, and Sam Stout vs Caros Fodor.

Girl Action at the UFC 157

The recent UFC 157 was jam-packed with action and this was most of all highlighted by the fight between bantamweight champion Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and challenger Liz “Girl-rilla” Carmouche. Rousey won over Carmouche via her favorite armbar move to earn a submission from the challenger. She managed to defend her title in just 4 minutes and 49 seconds of round 1.

Rousey looked like she was about to get it earlier in the fight when Carmouche planned to pull out a submission move; Rowdy’s face was the face of pain as Girl-rilla tried to crank her mouth and jaw hoping that she could manage a rear-naked choke. However, Rousey managed to escape the dangerous move and was able to position herself and give the patented move that she was known for: her armbar move. Carmouche was not able to hold back and tapped out of the fight in just the first round.

When asked about the deadly escape from the clutches of Carmouche, Rousey simply answered that she never felt that she was in any danger all throughout the fight; in fact, she was more concerned about a potential wardrobe malfunction. She was interviewed after the fight and she answered: “The good thing is that, on the ground, I feel so comfortable in every position that I don’t feel like I’m in ever in any danger, so I feel comfortable taking a lot of risks. I felt fine with her on my back. I felt very calm and in control even though it didn’t look like that.” This was her interview on Fox Sports just minutes after her momentous victory. She also pointed on the possible wardrobe malfunction that could have been a nightmare for the bantamweight champion.

“I was thinking more about keeping my sports bra up while she was trying to choke me. If you actually look, at one point, I was adjusting myself when she was on my back. [I was] multitasking.” Rousey also added that she was concerned about her remaining time. She was worried if she was running out of time that she quickly resisted the possible submission and transitioned to her favorite move. She managed to get the job done with 11 seconds to spare.

So what’s next for Rousey? “I’m very interested to see Meisha Tate and Cat Zingano at the TUF finale. I’m going to watch that fight and I’d be very interested in taking on the winner.”

Are You Ready for UFC 157?

Are you ready to watch UFC 157? What makes this event undeniably mouth-watering is that it is the much-awaited match-up between the undefeated champion Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and Liz “Girl-rilla” Carmouche. These pretty fighters are the first women match-up under the UFC tent to grace your television screens; this will also prove once and for all if Rousey is able to hold her grace, poise and skill as one of the most incredible women MMA fighter of all time.

Rousey enjoys a sensational 6 wins and 0 loss professional MMA career. She has been stopping impressive women fighters like Ediane Gomes, Charmaine Tweet, Sarah D’Alelio, Julia Budd, Meisha Tate and most recently Sarah Kaufman. With her signature armbar move she was able to submit all of these ladies in just the first round of the match. The fastest move that she has ever made was an armbar submission move that ended the game in just 25 seconds of round 1; this was a match against D’Aleilo at Strikeforce in 2011. Rousey’s celebrated victory over Sarah Kaufman on the other hand was a well-publicized event; this was in August 2012 at Strikeforce when Rousey leashed out her armbar technique ending the match in just 54 seconds of the first round.

But let us not underestimate her opponent Liz Carmouche who has a splendid record of 8 wins and 2 losses. This determined fighter is from San Diego, California and has been a terrible threat to Rousey since the beginning. Her last win was against Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 2 – Bazler versus McMann in July 2012 via submission with a horrifying rear-naked choke. The match ended in just 3 minutes and 34 seconds of the second round. Carmouche has been a formidable fighter and has seen the defeat of famous fighters like Ashleigh Curry, Jan Finney, Valentine Shevchenko and Colleen Schneider to name a few. Her last loss was to Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce Challengers 17 in July 2011 after she was TKO out of the match in less than 2 minutes of the first round.

UFC 157 will be on February 23, 3012 at the Honda Center, Anaheim, California, United States. This event will also feature Lyoto Machida versus Dan Henderson, Urijah Faber versus Ivan Menjivar, Josh Kockeck versus Robbie Lawker, Brendan Schaub versus Lavar Johnson, Michael Chiesa versus Anton Kuivanen and so many more.