For the first time in its 19-year history, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to promote a female fight inside the world-famous Octagon. Newly-crowned UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will face Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157.
UFC officials announced the historic title bout today. UFC 157 takes place on February 23, 2013 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Rousey remains unbeaten in MMA and is one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars. Carmouche is coming off of back-to-back stoppage wins for Invicta FC.
Rousey (6-0-0) has experienced a meteoric rise to stardom since her August 2010 MMA debut. Her skills inside the cage, coupled with her willingness to speak her mind on hot-button topics, have made the judoka one of MMA’s most talked-about fighters. After three quick wins in amateur competition, Rousey opened her pro career with a pair of slick submission wins. Her first two fights for Strikeforce ended in equally quick and decisive fashion.
On March 3rd of this year, Rousey made the move down to 135 pounds for the first time and captured the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship from Miesha “Cupcake” Tate. She then defended the belt by submitting former champion Sarah Kaufman in just 54 seconds in August. Rousey has yet to see round two in her MMA career and all nine of her victories have come by way of armbar.
Carmouche (8-2-0) has also attracted a considerable fan following for both her impressive performances in fights and her personality outside of the cage. Carmouche, who is openly lesbian and has talked in depth about her life in hopes of inspiring others, is a military veteran and one of the sport’s top female bantamweights. Fans have rallied behind the charismatic Team Hurricane Awesome fighter dating back to her August 2010 Strikeforce debut.
In March 2011, Carmouche brought a 6-0 record into a short-notice Strikeforce title bout with Marloes “Rumina” Coenen. Despite dominating the fight through three rounds, Carmouche succumbed to a fourth-round triangle choke and subsequently dropped a Unanimous Decision in her next fight against Kaufman. She has since rallied back with TKO victories in two appearances for Invicta FC this year and now challenges for the most notable women’s title in mixed martial arts history.
UFC 157: “Rousey vs Carmouche” takes place on February 23, 2013 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. In addition to the historic women’s title fight, the card also features a light heavyweight bout between Dan “Hendo” Henderson and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. Elsewhere, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber faces “The Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar in a bantamweight rematch from 2006.
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