UFC 157 Results: Doubters Beware, Ronda Rousey is For Real, Makes History

February 24, 2013
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Ronda Rousey UFC 157 Pre 3Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche stepped into the first women’s bout in the Octagon at UFC 157 on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.  On the other side of the country, Danica Patrick on Sunday becomes the first woman to start in the pole position in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the prestigious Daytona 500.

This is a historical weekend for women in sports, regardless of the outcome at either event.

We don’t know how Patrick will do in Sunday’s race yet, but we certainly know how Rousey vs. Carmouche turned out.

In the end, Ronda Rousey did what she does best, finished the fight with a first-round armbar. That makes her seven out of seven professional fights finished in the first round and by armbar.

That’s not to say that it was easy. It was the toughest fight that Rousey has ever had.

Rousey stormed Carmouche from the bell, using her punches to get into a clinch and take her to the mat, as most everyone expected.

What everyone didn’t expect was Carmouche taking Rousey’s back and maintaining that position as Rousey returned to her feet. Carmouche went for the rear naked choke, couldn’t quite get it, but locked her arms across Rousey’s face, cranking it for all she was worth.

But just when it looked like Rousey might have to relent for the first time in her career, she found a way to shake Carmouche off.

“I was trying to worry about her on my back and my bra falling down at the same time,” said Rousey, trying to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.

Rousey spun past Carmouche’s guard, landing in side control with a side headlock, pummeling away at Carmouche’s face for the better part of the last half of the round.

Carmouche tried to throw her legs up over Rousey’s back, but Rousey seized he opportunity to swing into an armbar attempt. Carmouche defended well, but with just under a minute left in the round, Rousey is so adept at the armbar that she had time to adjust her position and eventually break Carmouche’s arm free.

From there it took only moments to extend the arm and force Carmouche to tap out, just like every other mixed martial arts opponent the former Olympian has faced.

“Is this real life right now? I’m not sure,” Rousey quipped after the fight, finally cementing her right to the UFC women’s bantamweight championship belt that she was hesitant to hold prior to the fight.

Rousey survived not only Carmouche in winning the fight, she survived a surreal amount of media attention and a mountain of criticism.

“It was different,” she said of all the attention leading up to the fight, “but there is no amount of press that can save these girls from me.”

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  • Great event and thought the main event was a good showing for women’s MMA.

  • Kwa

    She is great but she is not the best women’s fighter out there. Because no one has a chance against cyborg. She will destroy Ronda. Ronda is legendary one trick pony.

    • fan since ufc1

      I agree Cyborg will destroy her with standup she wont get a chance to use her armbar

  • Maddawgmar

    Excellent fight Ronda. Just don’t listen to all the haters that will follow.

  • alhmiel

    Cyborg destroys Rousey and it’s going to happen. funny how Rousey used to fight at 145 lbs till Carano got destroyed and moved down 10lbs. Cyborg wins in one round on punches alone.

    • uhm get ur timeline right son….carano got destroyed way before ronda arrived on the scene

    • Lee Rine

      It’s MMA you use what you have and works for you.
      Every fight is not a stand up fight.You peoples statements are stupid always haters !!!

  • Corey Hutton

    Can Rousy he is a real fighter? NO! She is am Armbar fight and a useles ***** at that, But MMA writers thing she is giood, so stupid is stupid and retard is a retard. grow up and learn about MMA you ******* dumb tards.

    • jeremy

      “giood” ? don’t call anyone else stupid

    • Tony

      you spelled about four words wrong. So naturally, you’re calling someone else stupid. Dumbass

  • Gus

    Cyborg apule destroy this chick.. Good thing Dana managed to keep her away!

    • jeremy

      Cyborg refused to cut 10 pounds to fight Ronda.. Idiot

  • Sam

    Too bad everybody didn’t see her little boobs maybe next time Dana

  • alhmiel

    Cyborg is the best woman fighter period.

    • Lee Rine

      Thats because Cyborg does roids and has been in trouble for it more then once.She cheats just like Lance armstrong

  • bajafox

    It was the best 5 minutes all night. The guys can learn a thing or two from Liz. She showed great heart and for a second I really thought she would bring the belt home to San Diego. I hope she gets a cut from PPV buys, one of the main reasons we decided to order it was to support womens MMA in the UFC.

  • wade

    can someone please tell me how no female MMA fighter knows how to defend an armbar. i mean yea Rousey is good but how do you get 7 wins by first round armbar. look at Demian Maia his bjj is the best there is and he doesn’t win by armbar everytime.