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Carmouche's X-Factor: Finding Rousey's Weakness
Carmouche will likely be a massive underdog in this fight, and on paper will not have a clear path to victory. Many may write her off.
The former Marine must find Rousey's weakness early. No one has been able to expose her yet, and in her short time inside a cage there is nothing on tape to break down. Carmouche needs to neutralize the explosive Judo medalist and figure out the puzzle to claim the championship.
Rousey's X-Factor: Dealing with the Pressure
Thus far Rousey has handled the pressure better than most. Her performances have been flawless. But this is the UFC. Those infamous Octagon jitters may creep in.
She is the reason women are fighting in the eight-sided steel cage. She is the face of female MMA, and a growing MMA superstar. Now she headlines a UFC PPV. That is a lot to carry in to this fight against a good opponent.
Everything thus far points to her being able to shoulder the load, but no one can deny that she is not carrying a lot on her shoulders in to this fight.