The UFC made history in Anaheim at UFC 157 when Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche squared off for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight
title. While many, including UFC President Dana White, were against women in the UFC, these two women delivered big time Saturday. Rousey and Carmouche had said prior to the event that they were going to make fans believe that women belonged in the UFC and the two fighters did not disappoint. We nearly saw the biggest upset of the year when Carmouche transitioned quickly from being nearly mounted to attempting a neck crank on the champion. Rousey was able to shake the challenger off her back and, 4:27 into the first round, was able to secure her signature arm bar to end the bout. The win is Rousey’s first title defense in the UFC and sets her up for a possible rematch with Miesha Tate or a fight with Cat Zingano. In a post fight interview both fighters shared their view of Rousey’s fight.
Lyoto Machida was able to get one step closer to a rematch with Jon Jones after defeating Dan Henderson via split decision. The bout was rather lackluster with Hendo having trouble getting inside of the elusive Machida, but Machida rarely attacked the 42-year-old former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. This puts Henderson in an awkward position after losing out on possibly his last chance at UFC gold. He could continue to take interesting fights like a rematch with Shogun Rua, but may have lost his final chance to become UFC champion.
Urijah Faber was able to get back to his winning ways after defeating Ivan Menjivar in a bantamweight bout. This was Faber’s first fight since his interim title loss to Renan Barao. Since losing his WEC title, Faber has gone 6-5 with all five losses in title fights. The California Kid may have one more title shot left, but will need to string a couple wins together to earn that shot.
The UFC 157 Bonuses went to Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice for Fight of the Night, Robbie Lawler for Knockout of the Night and Kenny Robertson earned $50,000 for Submission of the Night with his knee bar over Brock Jardine in the Facebook prelims.