UFC Makes History: UFC 157 Rousey Vs. Carmouche

Photo from UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship Facebook page.

Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche made history Saturday night, 2/23/13, in the first title fight for two women in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

The fight (summarized in this article from the Los Angeles Times) , which occurred at the Honda Center, in Anaheim, California, was over quickly when Rousey performed her famous armbar which had defeated six other opponents before.

Some say that it is not impressive to defeat their opponents with the same move over and over, but if I was in Rousey’s opponent’s situation, I’m sure I would appreciate not having my arm broken either. Moreover, it’s even more astounding that the fight was finished in the first round, as Rousey has been known to do before.

Despite that, many of us were still on the edge of our seats as Carmouche was behind Rousey, and went in for a rear naked choke (and for those who don’t know fighting like me, that means choking someone from behind, getting the opponent’s neck in the inner corner of the elbow). Since Carmouche could not get her arm past Rousey’s mouth, it turned into a face crank, which is basically like squeezing someone’s head really, really hard. Unluckily for Carmouche, it was right at Rousey’s jaw, forcing Rousey mouth open and leaving teeth marks in Carmouche’s arm. Rousey got out of it though, and in the end defeated Carmouche in a great fight that ended with 10 seconds left in the round.

In order to get to this monumental bantamweight fight, both women had undergone multiple obstacles in order to achieve their dreams. Rousey had to overcome a severe speech impediment and the death of her father when she was eight, which spurred her to find an outlet of expression in Judo. Carmouche had to deal with being a lesbian in the Marines, during a time when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was implemented.

Still, despite their challenges, they both came out to be amazing fighters and made history 2/23/13. I can’t wait to see more women fighting title fights in the UFC.

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