UFC 157 Preview and Predictions

UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche—History in the Making

2/21/13 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

One is an Olympic medalist who has finished all her of six professional fights in the first-round with the most brutal arm-bar you will ever see.
 
The other, is a retired U.S Marine that has dealt with the duel struggle of being a lesbian fighter in a sport dominated by men.
 
Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche are ready to kick open the Octagon doors.
 
The UFC will host a history defining event for mixed martial arts and women in general, during their pay-per-view on Saturday night from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Rousey versus Carmouche will be the first ever matchup between female fighters in UFC history.
 
There are still many critics who are not interested or ready to see women in the UFC, but, on Saturday night, the two main-event combatants hope to change all that. The event will also feature an intriguing style matchup between two of the best light heavyweights on the planet, when Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida faces off against Dan Henderson in the night’s co main-event. Here is a closer look at the card with analysis and predictions.

 
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Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche will headline the first ever women fight in the UFC


Ronda Rousey (-1100) vs. Liz Carmouche (+600):
 
This matchup has received a lot of criticism by fans and fighters alike. Many people believe that Rousey versus Carmouche did not deserve a main-event spot over the potential legendary clash between Henderson and Machida. Others simply believe that women’s MMA will be boring, and shouldn’t have a place in the UFC. Even the great George St. Pierre made a comment about not wanting to watch two women beat each other up.
 
But, regardless of what critics are saying, Ronda Rousey is a superstar. Sure, this matchup is probably going to end up like all her others—in a first-round arm-bar early in the fight—which would give her critics some more ammo. But, does anyone ever complain about an Anderson Silva first-round K.O?
 
Ronda Rousey and Liza Carmouche are both legitimate MMA practitioners, and expect a star to be born at UFC 157.
 
Prediction: Ronda Rouse via first-round arm-bar.
 
 
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Henderson and Machida face-off during the UFC 157 press conference


Lyoto Machida (-250) vs. Dan Henderson (+200):
 
Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida may just put on a legendary performance in the co main-event of Saturday’s pay-per-view. This matchup is the perfect example of an extremely intriguing  style mismatch. Machida is a quick and measured counter-puncher with knockout power, who will stalk his opponent from a distance and strike once his foe has made a mistake. Henderson, on the other hand, is a methodical force with a granite chin that will keep moving forward with one goal in mind—a knockout shot from his right hand, which UFC fans have dubbed the”H-Bomb’.
 
Machida has almost been an unsolvable riddle over most of his UFC career. It his opponents are too tentative, he will out-point them. If his opponents are too aggressive he would knock them out. The key to solve the Machida puzzle is with the game-plan first introduced by Shogun Hua, in their two legendary fights a few years ago—constant, measured aggression. And Dan Henderson is just the type of fighter that will keep the pressure on Machida without making any glaring mistake. Expect an epic three-round battle between the two.
 
Prediction: Machida is the younger and fresher fighter, but expect Dan Henderson to set the pace and knockout the Karate expert early in the second-round. 
 
 
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2/22/13   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Hey man I'm not looking to fight with you. No, I didn't watch Pride while it was going on, but its awfully short sighted to say a person cannot be a fan just because they "only" started watching 5 years ago, or two years ago or even two weeks ago. I'm just bugged by fans that constantly complain about the UFC. Look, you are allowed to have your opinion, but the constant complaining makes it seem like certain fans have that 'hipster attitude' where nothing that is main-stream is good enough. 

Rousey vs. Carmouche is a huge fight for women's mma, should be very entertaining, and will help bring even more media attention to a fantastic sports that is still not 100% accepted by the general public. I'm just trying to make valid points but all I keep getting from you is insults: I'm drinking the kook-aid, I didn't watch Pride and I can't be an mma fan because I don't write about Bellator.

I don't know, maybe I'm wrong. But I didn't mean to get into a thing with you, so I apologize. 

2/22/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

GeorgeMon wrote:
I don't know man... Maybe I am drinking the kook-aid, but I love the sport of MMA. I don't understand how supposed UFC fans complain about everything, too many cards, fights not competitive enough etc.  I'll happily pay the $45 bucks for the Rousey fight. It's probably going to be an exciting arm-bar finish and I don't see what the problem is. 

I just think that a lot of people are going hipster on us and complaining because the UFC has gone mainstream. It's Ronda's first fight in the UFC and you're already complaining about her non-competitive fights. So Silva goes five-rounds with Sonnen once and it ok for him to destroy people now? So if Rousey has a five-round fight would that make things ok? Or would you still find a reason to complain? Just enjoy the sport man. If your're an MMA fan it shouldn't be that hard.

Silva has beaten some of the best the sport has to offer. Where's her competition? If Dana can get Carano or Cyborg, then maybe we have something to watch. And you say you're a fan of MMA, but you only post about the UFC. Where's anything on Bellator. How long have you been watching MMA? Were you watching Pride 8 years ago like I was, or did you hop on the UFC bandwagon like most people did?

2/22/13   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

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I don't know man... Maybe I am drinking the kook-aid, but I love the sport of MMA. I don't understand how supposed UFC fans complain about everything, too many cards, fights not competitive enough etc.  I'll happily pay the $45 bucks for the Rousey fight. It's probably going to be an exciting arm-bar finish and I don't see what the problem is. 

I just think that a lot of people are going hipster on us and complaining because the UFC has gone mainstream. It's Ronda's first fight in the UFC and you're already complaining about her non-competitive fights. So Silva goes five-rounds with Sonnen once and it ok for him to destroy people now? So if Rousey has a five-round fight would that make things ok? Or would you still find a reason to complain? Just enjoy the sport man. If your're an MMA fan it shouldn't be that hard.

2/22/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

You just love drinking the UFC kool aid. The women's division isn't a joke because it's women--it's a joke because Rousey has nobody to fight. She is so far better than anyone else, it's not even fair. You made the Anderson Silva comparison. At least he's been tested in some of his fights. I've seen all of Rousey's fights and her opponents have no chance when the bell rings.

No way this fight should be the main event on any card. Carmouche beating Rousey would be a bigger upset than Douglas beating Tyson, Werdum beating Fedor, or Serra beating GSP.