Speculation about the immediate future of bantamweight star Ronda Rousey was eliminated today when the talented 25-year old showed up at the UFC on FOX 5 pre-event press conference and was presented with a UFC championship. In addition to confirming her presence in the company, the organization also took advantage of the situation to announce Rousey would defend her belt for the first time on February 23 at UFC 157.
The fight will mark the first time women have fought inside the Octagon and will be the evening’s headliner. The card is also expected to feature Urijah Faber-Ivan Menjivar and Dan Henderson-Lyoto Machida.
The 6-0 Rousey is one of MMA’s biggest stars at the moment, combining good looks with a willingness to speak her mind and a passion for punishing opponents. All of her wins have involved an opening round Armbar including those over Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman.
“I got a lot of respect for Liz because she was the only one that wanted this fight right now,” said Rousey at the presser. “It speaks loud to her. When other girls want to come around, come to the big show, they know where I am at.”
Carmouche is a former title-contender from Strikeforce with a 7-2 record including six finishes and success in her last two tilts.
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