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.

Lavar Johnson Injured Withdraws from UFC on Fox 5

Everything is set for UFC on Fox 5 with a title fight between Nate Diaz and Benson Henderson but the heavyweight face to face battle between Lavar Johnson and Brendon Schaub was removed from the bill.

Dana White, UFC President, has announced through Twitter on Thursday that Lavar Johnson has suffered an injury as he pulled his groin during training. He will no longer be able to compete in the scheduled preliminary bout which was a total crowd-drawer which will also air on FX. UFC on Fox 5 has been scheduled for December 8, 2012 at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

Lavar “Big” Johnson is one of the most impressive heavyweight fighters in the business. He is a 35 year old fighter from Madera, California, United States with 17 wins and 6 losses in his professional MMA career. Big’s last fight was a loss to Stefan Struve at UFC 146 Dos Santos versus Mir in May 2012 through an armbar in just a minute and 5 seconds of round one. Johnson may have lost his previous fight but he has been victorious against great fighters like Pat Barry, Joey Beltran, Virgil Zwicker,  Carl Seumanutafa, Dave Huckaba, Sean Souza and Vince Lucero to name a few. He was once a prized Strikeforce fighter but still has to prove himself worthy at the UFC backyard.

Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub was disappointed regarding the cancellation of this fight. Schaub is a 29 year old heavyweight from Aurora, Colorado, United States who is still at the beginning of his career with 8 wins and only 3 losses in his young MMA career. His last 2 fights was a back to back loss against Ben Rothwell at UFC 145 Jones versus Evans in April 2012 via knockout and against Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera at UFC 134 Silva versus Okami in August 2011 from another knockout in round one. The Hybrid however has made victories over several great names in UFC namely Mirko Filipovic,  Gabriel Bonzaga,  Chris Tuchscherer, Chase Gormley, Bojan Spalevic and Alex Rozman to name a few.

UFC on Fox 5 is headlined by Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz both impressive light heavyweight fighters. Henderson has 17 wins and only 2 losses in his professional career while Nate Diaz is a fighter with 15 wins and only 7 losses in his. The Key Arena in Seattle will pay witness to these two fighters’ wrath on December 8.

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