Ronda Rousey Will Fight Liz Carmouche in UFC 157 Main Event

May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; UFC president Dana White (right) poses with Strikeforce MMA female champion Ronda Rousey during a bout between Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2012

Already the first woman signed to the UFC, Ronda Rousey is not done making history in mixed martial arts' biggest promotion.

Rousey will not only make her much-anticipated debut on Feb. 27 against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, but she will also do so as the pay-per-view's main-eventer, according to UFC's official Twitter page:

Ronda will fight February 23 at the Honda Center - she'll fight Liz Carmouche in the main event

— UFC (@ufc) December 6, 2012


The 25-year-old star made her move to the UFC official in November, breaking a barrier that UFC President Dana White long said would never happen. With the move, the 135-pound juggernaut was named the inaugural UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.

A bronze medalist in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Rousey's professional MMA career began in March of 2011. In the 21 months since, she has become the face of women's MMA and one of the most famous fighters in the country, period.

With six wins in as many professional bouts, she has proven time and again that her ever-increasing hype is warranted. Rousey has won each of those fights in the first round from an armbar submission—her signature move. 

Carmouche, on the other hand, isn't the biggest name in women's MMA circles. She is only a mid-tier female bantamweight draw, meaning this fight will not bring nearly as much attention as a possible bout against Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos.

On Wednesday night, it was reported that Cyborg had changed her stance on moving down to 135 pounds to fight Rousey, but that she could not undergo the weight cut in time for UFC 157. 

Regardless, pitting Rousey against Carmouche in the main event speaks well to the sport's evolution. Rousey will now get a chance to represent women's MMA on the grandest of all stages.


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