A highly anticipated bantamweight championship takes place this weekend between current champ Ronda Rousey and the tough veteran Liz Carmouche. This fight will be the first ever women’s fight in the UFC, which also headlines UFC 157.
Coming into this fight, Ronda Rousey sports an unbeaten record of 6-0. All of her finishes have come by way of armbar, making her one of the most feared fighters on the ground. Some of her notable victories are over Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman; both of whom fell victim to the armbar in just the first round.
Her rise as a champion has been a thing of beauty, and is truly unprecedented in this era of mixed martial arts. She is virtually untested in all of her fights, so it’s always intriguing to see if her fights will last more than one round. Her success is a major reason why women are fighting in the UFC, which is great to see because women deserve the chance to share the spotlight and bring home the bigger pay checks.
Liz Carmouche is a viable contender, despite what anyone says. She is a seasoned veteran in the sport, who sports an overall record of 8-2. Carmouche is a durable fighter whose heart and will to win are never to be questioned. As a marine, she is used to facing mental battles and pushing through adversity, so Rousey will not be able to intimidate her in that regard. Also, Carmouche is a competent wrestler with great boxing combinations, and it will be intriguing to see if she can test Rousey’s stand up game.
Whoever comes out the victor, it will be a huge landmark and historic night for women’s mixed martial arts. Both of these fighters have the chance to really grow the sport in hopes of giving other female fighters a chance to live out their dream at becoming a professional fighter on the grandest stage.