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.
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.
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.