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.

It’s Robbie Lawler versus Josh Koscheck at UFC 157

Still remember Robbie Lawler? After an eight-year long absence, the fighter will return to fight Josh Koscheck at UFC 157 on February 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, United States.

UFC 157 is also a historic fight for UFC because it is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title match between Ronda Rousey and Strikeforce title holder Liz Carmouche.

What did Robbie Lawler do when he was away from UFC? He has not competed at welterweight since 2004 when he was upset by Nick Diaz in UFC 47. His last appearance was in UFC 50 when he lost to Evan Tanner. He was busy with Icon Sport and EliteXC winning middleweight titles before he joined Strikeforce in 2009.

Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler is now 30 years old; he still fights middleweight. He is a native of Granite City, Illinois, USA and he currently has 19 wins, 9 losses and 1 no contest record. His last fight was a loss to Lorenz Larkin in Strikeforce –Rockhold versus Kennedy in July 2012 via unanimous decision. He juggled between losses and wins over his career in Strikeforce but he has managed to takedown impressive fighters like Adlan Amagov, Matt Linland, Melvin Manhoef and Scott Smith. His last fight at UFC was a loss to Evan Tanner in UFC 50 – The War of ’04 in October 2004 via submission choke in just 2 minutes of the first round.

His opponent for UFC 157, Josh “KOS” Koscheck is a 35 year old welterweight from Buffalo, New York and he currently has 17 wins and 6 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 – Diaz versus Miller in May 2012 via split decision. KOS has defeated superb fighters with his skill like Mike Pierce, Matt Hughes, Paul Daley, Anthony Johnson, Frank Trigg and Yoshiyuki Yoshida to name a few. He will forever be remembered as a fighter who challenged Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title two years ago however he suffered severe injuries (broken orbital bone) leading to an unanimous decision loss.

The two will square off next year in February and fans will surely crave for more news as this historic fight draws near. UFC 157 will also feature Lyoto Machida versus Dan Henderson, Urijah Faber versus Ivan Menjivar and Chad Mendes versus Manny Gamburyan to name a few.

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