UFC 157 Recap and Analysis

UFC 157 Grades: A Star is Born

2/24/13 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

There was an enormous amount of talk from the critics heading into UFC 157. Rousey versus Carmouche shouldn’t be the main-event over Henderson and Machida. The women’s matchup wouldn’t be competitive. No one wants to watch another first-round arm-bar. The list could go on. Fortunately for MMA fans the critics were wrong once again.
The women blew the roof off the Honda Center on Saturday night during the main-event of UFC 157, and may just have saved the whole pay-per-view. Here is a quick recap of the event with grades and analysis.

Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA;    Ronda Rousey (black shorts) and Liz Carmouche (white shorts) fight during their UFC women's world bantamweight championship bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Ronda Rousey defeats Liz Carmouche via another first-round arm-bar at UFC 157

Ronda Rousey A+
Ronda Rousey is a star. Anyone who does not see that is either blinded by ignorance or does not understand the sport. Rousey captivated the attention of every person sitting in the Honda Center and watching on pay-per-view Saturday night. There has probably never been so much drama and suspense surrounding one move as their was during the final minute of the main-event, as both Rousey and Carmouche jockeyed for position on that final arm-bar attempt that ended up finishing the fight. Rousey had a star-making performance during a history defining night in MMA.
Liz Carmouche A
Has there ever been a fight that ended by a first-round submission that was more competitive than Rousey versus Carmouche? Many critics believed that Carmouche shouldn’t have been the same building as Rousey, let alone the same octagon. The gritty San Diego native proved a lot of people wrong with her gutsy performance against the champ. Carmouche nearly pulled off the upset early in the first-round with a face-crank that almost turned into a rear naked choke. Carmouche had a fantastic performance and may have helped set off a revolution in women’s MMA.
Urijah Faber A
Urijah Faber looked fantastic during his first-round standing rear naked choke over Ivan Menjivar. But, after coming of two decisive losses to both the UFC bantamweight and interim title holders, Faber continues to stay stuck in the no-man’s land of the 135 lb division.
Robbie Lawler B-
Robbie Lawler didn’t look great during his first-round TKO of Josh Koscheck. Lawler was controlled for most of the fight and was on his way to actually losing the round before he caught Koscheck with a few solid punched to the head. A win is a win, no matter how you get it, but Lawler will need to improve his takedown defense if he wants to make any noise in the wrestler filled welterweight division.
Lyoto Machida C+
Lyoto Machida can be a boring fighter at times, as evidence by the crowded booing loudly during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, after his split decision victory over Dan Henderson. His style relies on counter-punching and waiting out his opponents. But what fans cannot deny is his pin-point accuracy, excellent striking and octagon movement.
Dan Henderson D
Dan Henderson did not press the issue with Lyoto Machida during their matchup on Saturday night and suddenly looked slow and out of place. Henderson had trouble with Machida’s speed and ability to control the distance. As much as fans wanted to see a hypothetical Henderson versus Jones fight, he probably did not have much of a chance anyway—especially since Jones posses to two elements that troubled Henderson so much in this fight. Speed and Octagon control.
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