UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche Announced; Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida Official

December 13, 2012
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UFC president Dana White, for a long time, was resistant to women’s MMA in the Octagon. Those days are now long gone, however, as the UFC on Thursday made its first women’s title bout official, announcing Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche as the headliner for UFC 157 on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

In addition to firming up the plan for UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s first title defense, the promotion ended the confusion and speculation about Dan Henderson.

Henderson is now officially on the UFC 157 fight card to face Lyoto Machida in a light heavyweight showdown. The winner of the fight moves a step closer to vying for the UFC light heavyweight championship, although Alexander Gustafsson, unless he takes and loses a fight first, is already said to be next in line to challenge the winner of Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen.

The promotion also firmed up the previously reported bantamweight rematch between former WEC champion Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar.

All the focus, however, is on Rousey making waves and forcing White’s hand to make the move on women’s MMA.

“Ronda is the real deal,” said White on Thursday. “She’s nasty. She’s mean. She’s like Chuck Liddell. She goes out there and tries to finish her opponents. And Carmouche is tough as nails, too. She was a Marine and she’s got great ground-and-pound. I look forward to having the women join the UFC.”

Tickets for UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, Dec. 21.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest UFC 157 news and fight coverage.

  • King_DG

    Lyoto Machida by knock out, Ronda Rousey by submission

  • benn

    Does that means Henderson’s healed? They’re not known for signing injured fighters

  • Cptmats

    This is stupid, until there is some competition for Ronda she should not be Headlining ! Don’t know about anyone else but im not forking out $50 for a PPV when i all ready know how it will end.
    Rousey, armbar, 4:30 of the first Rnd.

    • Mark McDowall

      I partially agree with you here. Rousey/Cyborg…no question it should headline a PPV. But putting her against an opponent who Dana White said “was the only woman who would fight Rousey”, and making that the main event of a PPV is rediculous. Carmouche is a decent opponent…but not a title contender for the first WMMA fight in the UFC.

      The only saving grace of this PPV is that they will stack the hell out of it. That way Dana can tell everyone how well the card did because of Rousey…or he can blame everyone else for not showing up if it tanks.

      • Mike Oxafloppin

        It’s funny that Dana said that Liz was “the only woman who would fight Ronda” considering Sara McMann’s manager, Monty Cox, publicly stated that neither Dana nor the UFC offered her the fight, hell they haven’t even offered her a UFC contract yet. So Dana’s statement is complete B.S.

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      • Barry Bartholemew

        The UFC couldn’t have handled this any worse. Firstly, Carmouche doesn’t deserve a title fight, she’s not beaten anybody of note, but that aside, she is never a UFC mid carder, let alone a headliner. She can’t strike, she can grapple but will end up on her ass everytime she puts a hand on Rousey. I would consider it a victory for her if she goes without being arm barred within the first 3 minutes.

        Secondly, if no top contender wants to fight Rousey, simple, don’t bring women’s mma into the UFC. What’s the point of making this landmark deal if nobody wants to fight the champ? The first fight is important, it should be a headliner, but it should merit that. I doubt that anybody turned down the opportunity, although some of the fighters with organisations might have contracts.

        • Mark McDowall

          I agree with you completely. Even if Carmouche was the only woman who would accept the fight…don’t admit that! It takes away all credibility that this fight could have. This still proves that the “womans” division still consists of just 1 fighter.

          I really think that Dana/UFC handled this pootlu like you said, Barry. Dana can’t get Rousey’s name out of his mouth fast enough anytime a camera is in his face. The more he keeps talking about it the more attention it gets. So what happens if Rousey looses, puts on a poor showing, or there’s an injury that cancels the fight? Then what?? How are they going to talk their way out of it?

  • I don’t wanna drop my hopes on Hendo so I’ll go for him. As for Ronda, you got my bet for your UFC debut.

  • Gogop

    this card is bs, and women fighting belong in the mud wearing bikinis

  • julian moran

    I would rather see Machida vs Gustafsson for the next title shot or Henderson vs Gustafsson depending on Henderson’s knee recovery. I think Gustafsson would loose to both of them.