Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche Kick Off Historic Weekend For Women in Sports

February 23, 2013

03-Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche UFC 157 vid-478x270Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche kick off a historic weekend for women in sports tonight, headlining UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

For the first time in UFC history, the Las Vegas-based fight promotion will feature a female fight.  It’s the first UFC women’s title bout and the first time a female match-up headlines a UFC event.

Across the country in Daytona Beach, Danica Patrick made history by becoming the first female driver to capture a pole in NASCAR’s top division, the Sprint Cup Series, posting a lap of 196.434 mph around Daytona International Speedway.  She will lead the 43-car field to the green flag on Sunday in “The Great American Race.”

The historical significance of this weekend for females hasn’t gone unnoticed by UFC president Dana White.

“It’s a really cool weekend because the first ever women’s fight in the UFC.  These two are fighting and main eventing for a title and the Danica Patrick thing on Sunday, so it’s a pretty cool weekend for women,” said White at a question and answers session prior to the UFC 157 official weigh-ins on Friday.

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