Fantasy MMA Predictions For UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche

2/23/13 in MMA   |   Ringworm   |   5 respect

Feb 20, 2013; Torrance, CA, USA;  Ronda Rousey with sparring partner Edmen Shahbazyan during today's public workout at the UFC gym in Torrance, CA. Rousey has a bout with Liz Carmouche on Feb 23 in Anaheim, CA.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsThe UFC 157 is a history-making card.  In the main event, the first female bout in UFC history is set to take place as Ronda Rousey defends the inaugural UFC women's bantamweight championship against gritty contender Liz Carmouche.

Meanwhile, a potential light heavyweight title eliminator pits the legendary Dan Henderson against former titleholder Lyoto Machida.

With all that in mind lets take a look at UFC 157 main card from a fantasy MMA perspective:

Ronda Rousey (Salary $6,000) vs. Liz Carmouche (Salary $3,500)

This one is easy to call, Carmouche is as tough as they come but does not have anywhere near the skill level possessed by Rousey.  Add in Rousey’s big-fight experience and we have a talent gap that will be difficult to overcome.   Look for this Rousey to end this one quick.

Projected points:

Rousey: 110 points
Carmouche: 5 points

Dan Henderson  (Salary $4,400) vs. Lyoto Machida (Salary $5,300)

Henderson used to be a great fighter with a deadly right hand.  However, Dan is 42 years old with a bum knee - certainly not the fighter he used to be. I Don’t see anyway Dan is going get Machida to the ground.  On their feet, Machida is going to run circles around Hendo.  Look for a decision or a late round TKO by the Dragon.

Projected points:

Machida: 75 points
Henderson: 25 points

Urijah Faber (Salary $5,700) vs. Ivan Menjivar (Salary $3,900)

Not an easy fight for Faber but there is no facet of Menjivar game that is better than Fabers.  Even if Menjivar where to get the advantage on the feet Faber should be able to take this fight to the ground at will.   Ivan is tough, so expect this one to go the distance but don't expect this to be close.

Projected points:

Faber: 60 points
Menjivar: 25 points

Court McGee (Salary $4,900) vs. Josh Neer (Salary $4,600)

This fight has WORST fight of the night all over it.  Both are slow, plodding grinders but the “Crusher” is the - grinder's grinder.  Look for Neer to have his moments but McGee should be able to grind this out.  McGee by easy yet boring decision.

Projected points:

McGee: 50 points
Neer: 15 points

Josh Koscheck (Salary $5,300) vs. Robbie Lawler (Salary $4,300)

If Koscheck wants to take Lawler to the ground, the fight is going to the ground. Lawler has no chance against Koscheck’s wrestling.  The only way Robbie can win is if he lands a big punch.  In other words, Lawler has a punchers chance so long as Koscheck decides to keep it on the feet.   Look for Koscheck to play it safe and beat Lawler up for 3 rounds on the ground.  

Projected points:

Koscheck: 60 points
Lawler: 10 points
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2/23/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I'm watching this. I still say Rousey is going to tap dance all over Carmouche. I don't give Henderson much of a chance either

2/23/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I watched Rousey's preparation special for this event, and I just don't see how Liz Carmouche will even give her a good fight.  I hate to put it that way, but it is what it is.