UFC 157 Preview

UFC-157-PosterWomen fighting are is not a new thing in the MMA as many promotions including Strikeforce and Belator have been holding women’s fights for years. As women like Gina Carano began to enter into the pop culture world the UFC held fast on their stance against women fighting in the UFC. The opposition to women fighting in the promotion was not about an opposition to women participating but instead to the overall skill level of the fighters. There were always great fighters in the women’s division but there were never enough to create a full competitive division. Dana White and the UFC would continue to claim that women in the UFC would never happen. Then came the one fighter who would change everything with the personality and the looks to change the women’s fight game forever. Above all though, this woman would have an ability that could challenge even some men in the UFC as the most dominant women’s fighter to ever step into a ring. When Ronda Rousey first came onto the scene she would take over where Gina Carano left off as a dominant fighter and someone who would be marketed around the world as a beautiful and powerful female athlete. Dana White and the UFC would change their tune on women fighting in the UFC once they saw Ronda Rousey. They would announce Rousey as the first Women’s Bantamweight Champion in November 2012 becoming the first Woman to enter the UFC. With that the UFC would make history as the biggest MMA promotion would finally allow women into the promotion and would put women fighters on a completely different level than ever before. They will make their debut on a pay per view with the lights shining on them in the main event of the evening. This first fight will be between the debut of new champion Ronda Rousey who will take on Liz Carmouche for the first ever women’s title. The fight will make history for the UFC but more than that it looks to be a good fight that will go one of two ways. Either Rousey will continue her dominance or Liz Carmouche will shock the MMA world by beating the unbeatable. Ronda Rousey is a world-class judoka and Olympic Bronze Medalist who has yet to lose a fight. It is not just that she continues to win fights but instead that she wins fights in the same dominant fashion every time that makes her so great. All six of her wins have come in the first round via armbar with some extremely damaging finishes along the way. Rousey is such an overwhelming favourite to win any fight that the UFC had a tough time finding an opponent. They would find one though as Liz Carmouche would step up to the plate and fight Rousey for her first shot at the title. Liz Carmouche is a retired marine who honed her craft in the military combatants program. She is not the same as Rousey though as she is good on the ground but relies on her stand up game and constant pressure to overwhelm other fighters. The fight plan is a simple one for Carmouche as she needs to avoid going to the ground at all costs. Rousey has been working on her stand up but there is no doubt she is most comfortable on the ground where she has ended every other fight. If Carmouche wants to survive this fight she will have to avoid going to Rousey’s comfort zone and hoping that she can catch Rousey on the feet. In the end Rousey will likely be too much for Carmouche although a first round finish may not be in the cards. Expect Rousey to where Carmouche down and eventually get the takedown to end the fight in a submission in round 2 continuing her dominance in MMA and beginning her reign as UFC champion.

As the women take the spotlight the men will square off in the rest of the main event with a fight between two legends taking focus. Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson can count themselves among two of the most legendary fighters n the UFC. They have done almost everything they could do in the world of MMA and now both are looking for one last run to end their careers. Dan Henderson is a legend for his time in Pride where he would become the first fighter to win the Middleweight and Welterweight title and hold them at the same time. He would move into the UFC after Pride would merge with the UFC. He would have a mixed career in the UFC with a number of big wins but never a win in the big fight. Henderson would move into Strikeforce only to win the Light Heavyweight title. Now he is back to the UFC looking for the one title he has not earned in his long career. Henderson is back looking to make one last run at a UFC title at age 42 and will have to go through Machida to do so. Lyoto Machida has made his own legend in the UFC with a 15 fight win streak that led him into the UFC and to the UFC light heavyweight championship in 2009. Since his last title defence in 2010, when he lost to Mauricio Rua, he has not been that same dominant fighter as when he came to the UFC. After a shot at the Light Heavyweight title once again in 2011, he lost to Jon Jones, he is trying to get back to the top. Machida and Henderson are both nearing the end of their long and storied careers but both would like that one last taste of success in their careers. They will both be looking for this win to put them one step closer to a title shot as these legends of the old school will make way for the new school of the woman’s division at UFC 157.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs. Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche [Women’s Bantamweight Title] (PPV)

 

Main Card:
Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida vs. Dan “Hendo” Henderson (PPV)

Urijah “The California Kid” Faber vs. Ivan “The Pride of El Salvador” Menjivar (PPV)

Court “The Crusher” McGee vs. Josh “The Dentist” Neer (PPV)

Josh “Kos” Koscheck vs. Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler (PPV)

 

Undercard:
Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub vs. Lavar “Big” Johnson (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

Michael “Maverick” Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez vs. Matt “The Real One” Grice (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout vs. Caros “The Future” Fedor (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

Kenny Robertson vs. Brock “The Machine” Jardine (Facebook)

Jon Manley vs. Neil Magny (Facebook)

Nah-Shon “The Rock N Rolla” Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort (Facebook)

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One Response to “UFC 157 Preview”
  1. Eric says:

    Wonder how Liz Carmouche is a retired Marine. She is too young to be retired on longevity and the only other way is disability retirement. She appears to be physically able to be a Marine. Anyone know the answer?

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