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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