A new chapter in UFC history was written tonight with bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s title-defense against fellow finisher Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, the first time females fought inside the Octagon. In addition to being an important achievement, the bout was also an entertaining scrap, pitting Rousey’s submission skills against Carmouche’s stand-up/wrestling.
Rousey entered the bout with a 6-0 record and the infamous distinction of scoring opening round Armbars in each. Comparably, Carmouche was 8-2 with seven stoppages including five TKOs.
When the smoke cleared it was Rousey who emerged with her arm raised and Carmouche with her arm in a sling. Once again Rousey locked up an Armbar in the first frame and drew a tap-out despite some early offense from Carmouche.
Also among the multiple match-ups on tonight’s card delivering some level of excitement were those such as Brendan Schaub-Lavar Johnson, Urijah Faber-Ivan Menjivar, Robbie Lawler-Josh Koscheck, and Dan Henderson-Lyoto Machida.
The co-headliner between Henderson-Machida left a lot to be desired after the Brazilian’s elusive approach to fighting resulted in more of a sparring match than scrap. In the end Machida earned a Split Decision nod, landing enough strikes while avoiding Henderson’s damage to take home the lackluster nod.
Read below for a full rundown of UFC 157 winners/losers:
Nah-Shon Burrell def. Yuri Villefort via Unanimous Decision
Neil Magny def. Jon Manley via Unanimous Decision
Kenny Robertson def. Brock Jardine via Submission Round 1 (Leg Lock)
Sam Stout def. Caros Fodor via Split Decision
Dennis Bermudez def. Matt Grice via Split Decision
Michael Chiesa def. Anton Kuivanen via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Brendan Schaub def. Lavar Johnson via Unanimous Decision
Robbie Lawler def. Josh Koscheck via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Court McGee def. Josh Neer via Unanimous Decision
Urijah Faber def. Ivan Menjivar via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Lyoto Machida def. Dan Henderson via Split Decision
Ronda Rousey def. Liz Carmouche via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
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