Article By Dave Walsh
UFC 157 marks a historic first for MMA’s premier promotion, as it will host not only its first Women’s MMA fight, but it’s first Championship Women’s MMA fight. Headlining UFC 157 will be former Strikeforce and now UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey against Liz Carmouche. To say that promotion for this fight has been Rousey-centric is an understatement, to say the least. The UFC has done a fair job of promoting both fighters, but to say that Rousey comes into the fight as the clear favorite and that the UFC would have to be pulling for her internally would be putting it lightly.
Before Rousey signed with the UFC, she was the Strikeforce’s Women’s Bantamweight Champion and everyone knew that it was just a matter of time until Dana brought her into the UFC fold. Rousey was being trotted around by the UFC as an ambassador for the sport thanks in part to her Olympic Judo credentials as well as her success in the sport of MMA. Rousey has really taken the world by storm in her short tenure as a MMA fighter, taking her first fight in March of 2011 and since then amassing an impressive 6-0 streak with six armbars. Yes, every fight that Rousey has won she has won via armbar.