Ronda Rousey Makes Her UFC Debut a Memorable One in UFC 157

Ronda RouseyThere is no stopping UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Rousey made UFC history this past Saturday night. At UFC 157, two women fought for the first time, not only in the UFC but in the main event of a PPV. Rousey made her historic UFC debut a memorable one.

Facing her toughest opponent in the game Liz Carmouche, Rousey dealt with adversity for the first time inside the Octagon in her seven-fight career.

Caught in a standing rear naked choke early in the opening round, Rousey was able to fend Carmouche off, but not before Carmouche converted the maneuver into a face crack.

The action began early.

After the bell sounded, the two combatants fiercely charged at each with a series of punches. Shortly after, the grappling began. First Rousey and Carmouche fought on the cage, until Carmouche was able to put the choke on Rousey. The tide turned once Rousey broke free with a judo toss.

In the midway point of the third minute, Rousey seized control.

While attempting to set up her patented armbar, Rousey had Carmouche confide to the mat. A barrage of strikes followed as Carmouche, nearly defenseless, did her best to avoid Rousey’s submission finisher. It was all for naught as the two-time Olympian from Venice, California, locked her arms in the closing moments of Round 1. The result, the same as the previous six battles inside of the Octagon; “Rowdy Ronda Rousey wins by way of the armbar in the first round.

In the co-main event, Lyoto Machita defeated Dan Henderson in a split-decision. Their match started slowly at first, as both competitors took some time to get a feel for each other. Machita took the advantage with strong strikes, negating Henderson’s offensive momentum.

In the undercard:

Urijah Faber used a rear-naked choke to beat Ivan Menjivar.
Court McGee won a unanimous decision against Josh Neer.
Robbie Lawler made his return to the Octagon a successful one with a first one stoppage of Josh Koscheck.

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