UFC 157 kicks off tomorrow night, which is showcasing a woman’s bantamweight championship between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. This fight has received more press than any other fight in the history of the UFC, which just shows how interested the media and fans are.
It should be a historic night for women’s mixed martial arts because they finally will get the share the spotlight on the biggest stage in mma. Let’s now take a look at the rest of the card and make some predictions.
Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler: Starting off the main card is an explosive welterweight bout between Koscheck and Lawler. This will be Robbie’s first appearance inside the UFC since 2004. Conversely, Koscheck has been fighting for the UFC for many years now, and this will play to his advantage. Koscheck will exchange with Lawler on the feet, but will quickly get this fight to the ground and work his top game. Koscheck is the superior wrestler in this bout, and also has the better submissions. Final prediction: Josh Koscheck wins via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round.
Court McGee vs. Josh Neer: Another welterweight bout goes down between McGee and Neer. Both of these fighters are durable, but McGee is the fresher fighter at this point in their careers. He will look to use his crisp boxing combinations to wear Neer down, although Neer will find success in this fight as well. It will be a war from start to finish, but McGee will do just enough to warrant a victory. Final prediction: Court McGee wins via unanimous decision.
Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar: This bantamweight bout is a rematch, where Urijah Faber won because the ref declared that Ivan landed an illegal kick to a downed opponent. However, the kick clearly missed missed Faber, so the victory wasn’t just. Both will get the chance to prove who the superior fighter is once and for all. Technically speaking, both fighters have well rounded games. They can take the fight to the ground and look for submissions and also are competent on the feet. Faber just seems to be the smarter fighter in this bout, and he will dictate the pace on the feet and get take downs when the opportunity presents itself. Final prediction: Urijah Faber wins via unanimous decision.
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida: This light heavyweight bout is intriguing in that the winner will more than likely get a title shot. Machida is one of the most elusive and successful counter strikers in all of mixed martial arts, and he will surely have the speed advantage in this bout. Henderson has Olympic caliber wrestling and has a vicious right hook, but rarely ever uses leg kicks. This will be to his downfall as Machida will land numerous leg kicks and evade any big shots that Henderson throws. Final prediction: Lyoto Machida wins via unanimous decision.
Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche: This championship bout is a historic one that has a lot of implications. Rousey has yet to be tested in any of her fights. Once the bell rings, Rousey is quick to grapple with her opponents, flip them over with a judo throw, and finish it off with a devastating armbar. It has worked six times in a row, and this fight will be no different. Carmouche is a strong and durable wrestler, but she is nowhere near the Olympic athlete that Ronda is. Rousey will weather the storm of Carmouche and take this fight to the ground quickly. From there she will find her position and lock on her patented armbar. Final prediction: Ronda Rousey wins via submission (armbar) in the first round.