UFC 157 Start Time: When and Where to Watch Huge MMA Show

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2013

August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA;   Sarah Kaufman (blue shirt) and  Ronda Rousey (black shirt) during their Strikeforce MMA women's bantamweight title bout at the Valley View Casino Center. Rousey won in 54 seconds of the first round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Anybody who's anybody is going to be watching the historic UFC 157 card Saturday. You don't want to miss the action this weekend.

Headlined by the first female fight in the history of the UFC in Ronda Rousey's bantamweight title defense against Liz Carmouche, this card has a ton of buzz surrounding it and is a great opportunity for the UFC to gain increased mainstream exposure.

Outside of the ground-breaking main event is a co-main event that features two of the best light heavyweights in the world in Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida. Both fighters have a penchant for knocking opponents out, so this is definitely a must-see card.

Here's all the information you need to know to ensure that you don't miss out on the card everyone will be talking about.


When: Saturday, Feb. 23

Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.

Watch: Facebook prelims begin at 6:35 p.m. ET; FX Prelims begin at 8:00 p.m. ET; main card available on pay-per-view at 10:00 p.m. ET

Live Stream: The UFC supports many avenues for live streaming including YouTube, UStream and Xbox Live.


Predictions for Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night


Submission of the Night: Ronda Rousey

Who else?

Pound-for-pound, Rousey is the best submission artist in the UFC. She's won all six of her professional bouts by way of armbar, and only one opponent has survived the first minute with the expert Judo practitioner.

Carmouche is a respectable opponent, but Rousey should do her thing. Another vicious armbar victory would add a nice submission of the night bonus to her paycheck.


Knockout of the Night: Winner of Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub

This is a good pairing of dynamic heavyweights who bring the heat.

Schaub and Johnson have a combined 34 professional fights—in all of those combined fights, they've gone the distance just once. In essence, someone's getting knocked out before the final bell rings in this one.

It's tough to pick a winner; it's essentially going to be determined by who lands the first big blow. However, we can pretty much count on someone going down in spectacular fashion. To the victor goes the spoils of the big bonus check.


Fight of the Night: Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida

Anytime two of the most accomplished fighters in a division collide with a title shot on the line, there's bound to be fireworks.

Neither of these guys can afford to go to the back of the line, and both have a history of devastating striking. Henderson is an aggressive fighter who loves to push the pace, and Machida is a counterstriker who prefers to sit back and pick opponents apart.

The resulting clash of style should provide a war that will have fans on their seat. It may not reach the epic levels of Henderson's last fight with Shogun Rua, but it's likely he takes Fight of the Night honors again after a great bout with Machida.