The biggest fight of the night at UFC 157 centered on Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche and the fight for the title. The fight had been hyped for months and was a historic occasion for both the UFC and women athletes everywhere. Rousey entered the fight the favorite, but she was met with some serious trouble right off the bat in the first round.
For the first time in her MMA career, Rousey was put into a situation where she was in serious trouble. Carmouche was able to get her down and then climb onto her back and got her into a face crank. As Joe Rogan noted after the fight, many lesser fighters — men and women — would’ve tapped. Despite Carmouche spending most of the round as the literal and proverbial monkey on Rousey’s back, “Rowdy” Ronda was able to escape before she was put to sleep. That’s when she turned the tables on an in-over-her-head Carmouche.
Rousey was able to get Carmouche on the ground, where sge immediately went to work setting Carmouche up for her patented armbar submission. Carmouche struggled and fought against it as hard as she could, but before this first round ended just like all of Rousey’s do. The champ busted out her signature armbar move and ended the fight with a little over ten seconds left to go in the first.
Both women were graceful after the fight, commending one another on a well fought bout. Both also subtly acknowledging the importance of what had just happened. Ronda Rousey’s fight wasn’t some male fetish of seeing two women wrestling. It was a bonafide bout between two major players in the MMA scene and a giant step forward for not only women in the UFC, but for female athletics in general.
Ronda Rousey entered the octagon tonight as a rising star in the UFC. She exited a champion, a superstar, a pioneer and an idol to women athletes (and women… and men for that matter) everywhere.
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