UFC 157 Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche

UFC 157 Primetime: A Compelling Look at Rousey vs. Carmouche

2/9/13 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA;   Sarah Kaufman (blue shirt) and  Ronda Rousey (black shirt) during their Strikeforce MMA women's bantamweight title bout at the Valley View Casino Center. Rousey won in 54 seconds of the first round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Ronda Rousey will headline UFC 157 from the Honda Center in Anaheim California.



The Ultimate Fighting Championship has slowly integrated itself into the mainstream over the last 13 years. The sport has made the journey from being known as a backroom and barbaric undertaking to having fight cards nationally televised on Fox. The UFC, under the watch of Dana White and the Fertitta brothers, has made quite a name for itself over the last decade, but, in two weeks, the organization will perhaps make its biggest leap into the mainstream when it airs its first ever pay-per-view featuring a fight in the women’s bantamweight division.
 
On February 23rd, at UFC 157, former Olympian and MMA superstar Ronda Rousey will faceoff against Liz Carmouche in the main-event of the pay-per-view from the Honda Center, in Anaheim California. In preparation for the historic event, the UFC has begun airing a three-part behind-the-scenes look at both fighters as they prepare for the biggest fight of their careers. UFC 157 Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche will air Thursdays at 9pm on FSN and its other Fox affiliates.
 
The first episode was a powerful and emotional look inside the lives of both women, who have had to struggle with various obstacles in order to make it in the world of MMA. Carmouche speaks about her struggle to come to terms with her homosexuality, while Rousey opens up emotionally and speaks about the death of her father. Rousey’s candor provides more than a few raw and stunning moments in the show, which has received rave reviews by UFC fans and experts alike.


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2/14/13   |   VivianVisconti

UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
I was wondering if there were any other folks that watch this stuff and if so, who're some of your favorite fighters?

2/9/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

GeorgeMon wrote:
I agree about the lack of competition in the women's division... But it's the same way in the flyweight division , Benevidez is getting another title shot after having fought Mighty Mouse two fights ago--lack of competition is a problem in any new weight class. 

And sure, Hendo vs Machida is a much better fight, but championship matchups always headline pay-per-views... It would be pretty sexest of Dana to not give Rousey that same respect wouldn't it? Just a few weeks ago might mouse vs Dodson was the main-event over Pettis-Cerrone and Rampage-Teixeira but nobody said a word. I think it's about growing the sport of MMA and Rousey will do that. It's awfully short sighted to not want a women's division in the UFC. I'm glad Dana brought these women in.

As I've said before and I'll say it again, all these additional divisions and now women's division only exists due to the high demand of shows from Fox, which results in the need for more fighters and fights. The UFC is over-saturated right now; there's too many shows and way too many mediocre fighters hanging on who honestly don't belong in the UFC anymore.

2/9/13   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

(Edited by GeorgeMon)

I agree about the lack of competition in the women's division... But it's the same way in the flyweight division , Benevidez is getting another title shot after having fought Mighty Mouse two fights ago--lack of competition is a problem in any new weight class. 

And sure, Hendo vs Machida is a much better fight, but championship matchups always headline pay-per-views... It would be pretty sexest of Dana to not give Rousey that same respect wouldn't it? Just a few weeks ago might mouse vs Dodson was the main-event over Pettis-Cerrone and Rampage-Teixeira but nobody said a word. I think it's about growing the sport of MMA and Rousey will do that. It's awfully short sighted to not want a women's division in the UFC. I'm glad Dana brought these women in.

2/9/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Here's what bothers me about the hype for the fight: Rousey is going to end this fight in the first round. Carmouche has no chance. Unless the UFC can convince Gina Carano to return, or can get Cyborg to come in and fight without being on juice, this division has zero chance of providing a competitive fight. I have no idea how this fight is the main event. Dana has almost completely sold out.