Published on February 27, 2013 | by Craig Matthews


Rousey makes UFC history

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey in pre-UFC days.
Photo by Pedro Gaytan

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made headlines last weekend after allowing females to compete in the sport for the first time ever when Ronda Rousey took on Liz Carmouche in the main event at UFC 157.

Rousey had won all six of her previous MMA fights by first round arm bar, which prompted president Dana White to allow women athletes to participate in the sport.

Previously women in the sport had been looked down upon and only made preliminary fighters in MMA events, not ever making television broadcasts.

White has also stated in the past that women would never be able to compete in the UFC; this was until the introduction of Rousey.

Carmouche, meanwhile, is an ex US marine who has proved she can do anything a man can do throughout her career. She is noted for her impeccable ground game, yet also has tremendous striking ability with the power to knock fighters out with ease.

The Fight

Carmouche gained an early advantage over Rousey, taking full control of the champions back and delivering two front kicks.

Rousey, however, was able to shock the world once more as she battled out of a difficult position and was able to finish the fight with under a minute remaining in the first round with her trademark arm bar submission to improve to 7-0.

Other action from UFC 157 saw one of the best fights of the year in Lyoto Machida versus Dan Henderson, which Machida eventually won on decision.  However the Machida vs Henderson fight was not even fight of the night.

Veteran fighter Josh Koscheck was knocked out in dubious fashion after referee Herb Dean called a stoppage to the fight within the first round. Koscheck looked as if he was going to be able to carry on competing however Dean called the fight as over after tough rugged fighter Robbie Lawler kept landing punches flush to the face.

UFC 157 also included fights from Josh Neer and fan favourite Urijah Faber, a coach on the last series of Ultimate Fighter. Faber dispatched his opponent Ivan Menjivar in fine form after a standing rear naked choke after taking full mount of his back.   Neer on the other hand lost via unanimous decision to his opponent Court McGee.

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