This Saturday, Rhonda Rousey and Liz Carmouche make MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) history by being the first womens fight ever in the major leagues of MMA, the UFC! The pressure on these ladies to put on a good show is on as they will be headlining UFC 157. Let's take a closer look at these two fighters, and then, as always, I'll make my main event fight pick!
Liz Carmouche is coming into this historic fight with an MMA fight record of 8-2. She's definitely a finisher. Seven of her eight wins have come via KO/TKO. Two wins have come by way of submission.
Carmouche is tough on the ground and in the clinch. She's been able to outwork and grind her opponents down. Her stand up is still coming along though. That unsharpened sword in her arsenal showed in her loss (decision) at the hands of Sarah Kaufman in Strikeforce. Since that loss, Carmouche has come back strong shown by her two straight dominating performances leading up to this inaugural UFC womens fight.
Ronda Rousey is coming into UFC 157 with and undefeated record of 6-0. More impressive is that her opponents come to fight knowing her strength and still succumb to the dreaded Rousey armbar! Her professional career in MMA started after a brief stint in the MMA amateur ranks where she also finished all three opponents quickly via armbar. That makes 9 opponents total have almost had their arm broken since her transition from high level Judo competitions to MMA.
Rousey's strength is undoubtedly her high level Judo background and grappling skill. Her ability to snatch arms and finish fights with armbars is amazing. Her stand up hasn't been tested as she's easily gotten fights into her realm of MMA expertise. While her stand up hasn't been tested at length, she has used it well as a transition into the grappling game and works on it regularly.
While Carmouche is a tough MMA fighter and ex-Marine, we all know she's being given to Rousey on a platter. This fight will take place wherever Rousey wants it. Rousey will probably test her standing for a while, but when she's ready to finish of Carmouche, she'll do just that. Rousey just has too much experience for Carmouche to handle where the fight will most probably end up.
Look for another Rhonda Rousey submission finish. The UFC is counting on it!
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In 2012 I went on a streak where I picked 10 UFC main event winners in a row. That streak came to an end when I doubted GSP was fully recovered at UFC 154, but then got back to picking winners when I correctly picked Cain Velasquez over Junior Dos Santos at UFC 155. UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar gets the major leagues of MMA going in 2013. Let's take a closer look at Frankie Edgar and at Jose Aldo. Then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 156.
Jose Aldo is an exciting fighter to watch and comes into UFC 156 with a great MMA record and the UFC Featherweight title. He's 21-1 with 13 of those wins coming via KO/TKO. His only loss was way back in 2005. Aldo has incredible athletic ability and one of the best striking arsenals in MMA. He's coming off an exciting win over Chad Mendez where he won via first round KO and defended his title.
Frankie Edgar is a former UFC Lightweight champ and has an MMA record of 15-3. He held his own very well in the lightweight division even though he was consistently fighting bigger opponents and was clearly fighting out of this weight class. He has an impressive resume of wins having beat fighters like, Gray Maynard, BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, and Jim Miller just to name a few. Edgar is very fast, and has great wrestling and solid boxing skills. He's going down a weight class to face Aldo where he'll face someone closer to his size for the first time in a long time.
Jose Aldo has a great record, an awesome arsenal of striking and a heart of a champ, but Frankie Edgar will match up well and is bringing with him a lot of cream of the crop fight experience. For Edgar, this will be his 7th title fight in a row! Edgar has been in MMA wars with the elite in the UFC and has survived! Now he's coming down a weight class. That experience, plus his great wrestling ability will be the difference. I'm picking Frankie Edgar to win the main even at UFC 156 and snatch the Featherweight title from Jose Aldo.
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at 6:46 PM Posted by Coach Rollie