Two women duking it out in the Ultimate Fighting Championship was deemed laughable to even consider years ago, but at UFC 157 the crowd was buzzing as Liz Carmouche nearly choked out the untouchable Ronda Rousey before Rousey came back with her devastating arm-bar.
Quite possibly the most important women’s fight when it comes to mixed martial arts needed a strong showing as it main-evented a highly anticipated UFC card. Going into the fight it seemed a completely mismatch as Rousey is an undefeated Olympic gold medalist that defeats every opponent the exact same way even though opponents are aware of the arm-bar. Yet Carmouche put a serious scare into the UFC bantamweight women’s champion nearly getting her to tap out in the first few minutes of the fight. However, Rousey was able to fight through and once she got Carmouche to the ground there was no stopping the eventual submission victory.
The semi-main event could have easily been considered a main event fight as Lyto Machida took on Dan Henderson. Henderson was looking to deliver his nasty knockout power on Machida, but the evasive style of Machida frustrated Henderson and in the end was the slight difference in the fight as Machida walked away with a split decision victory. If Henderson won he was easily going to get his title shot back against Jon Jones, but Machida winning just keeps both away from a title shot due to Jones already defeating Machida.
Urijah Faber continued to impress in the bantamweight division winning convincingly over Ivan Menjivar when Faber locked in a choke while Menjivar was standing, shades of Matt Hughes when he defeated Frank Trigg. Faber again showed that he is one of the best in his division and despite his failures in title matches can not be counted out yet as a worthy contender down the line. This event also saw a major setback in the career of Josh Koscheck as he lost in the first round to Robbie Lawler out of nowhere. Koscheck was winning the fight with his wrestling, but the power of Lawler became too much for him.
Exciting card overall, the big fights delivered, the extra features are lacking this time around on the DVD. It’s one of those if you missed it you should see it, but if you saw it it’s probably only desirable if you want the historic women’s fight or some of favourite fighters.
UFC 157: Rousey VS. Carmouche
Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
Run time of 300 minutes
Released on May 28, 2013
Disc 1:Main Card
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche
Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson
Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar
Court McGee vs. Josh Neer
Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler
- Weign-in Show
- UFC 157 Promo Sneak Peak
- Liz Carmouche Feature
Disc 2:Preliminary Card
Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson
Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen
Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice
Sam Stout vs. Caros Fodor
Kenny Robertson vs. Brock Jardine
Jon Manley vs. Neil Magny
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort
- Timeline: Dan Henderson
- Faber Family Holiday