One of the biggest arguments against watching any episode of the UFC Primetime series is that they always seem to follow the same pattern. Fighter at home, fighter goes to gym, fighter says how they’re in the best shape of their life, fighter says they are going to win the upcoming fight.
While the newest version of the show covers that ground it is much different and not just because it features the first two female fighters to compete in the Octagon.
The first of three episodes of UFC Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche debuted late on Thursday night taking a look at the lives of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and her opponent at UFC 157, Liz Carmouche.
The beginning of the first episode follows the usual pattern established by Primetime, introducing you to fighter X and why they got involved in the sport and how they got to this point.
Where the show takes a turn is when it introduces Liz Carmouche to the viewers. In 2013 it shouldn’t be a big deal that Carmouche is the first openly gay fighter in the UFC, but it is. Sadly, people still judge others based on their sexuality, and the UFC could have easily glossed over that fact, but they chose to address it head on—a commendable act.
With that being said, that’s not what defines Carmouche and that becomes very clear when the profile of the admitted underdog in the fight continues.
The end of the episode is hard to describe. Emotional, tear-jerking and heartstring pulling all undersell Rousey talking about the death of her father. I won’t waste my time trying to put those moments into words other than to say you really need to watch it, as it is a side of a fighter that is rarely revealed.
I know that every newest version of every new UFC production is always described as the best one yet, but this one truly fits the bill.