UFC 157: What We Learned from Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

Andrew SaundersCorrespondent IIFebruary 24, 2013

Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA;    Ronda Rousey (black shorts) and Liz Carmouche (white shorts) fight during their UFC women's world bantamweight championship bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

While the whole world may not have been ready to watch two women beat on each other in the confines of a steel cage, there is no question that UFC 157's main event has tremendous historical significance that will be felt for years to come.

As the first women's contest in history, there was tremendous pressure on both fighters. However, with Ronda Rousey's role as the face of women's MMA, there is no doubt that the bulk of the load was on her shoulders.

Ronda survived early trouble when an attempted throw was avoided and Carmouche took her back. After several tense moments, it appeared that Liz was going to score a submission of her own.

Rousey was able to get out of trouble and ended up scoring the win by way of a first-round armbar for the seventh time in seven professional fights.


What we'll remember about this fight:

The drama! With Carmouche threatening with a standing neck crank and rear-naked choke early, it truly looked as if fight fans were about to see the greatest upset in UFC championship history.

The drama continued! Everyone wondered what would happen if Ronda was forced to go into the second round. With Carmouche fending off the armbar in the final 25 seconds of the round, it looked as if we were going to find out, however, Rousey locked in her signature submission with only seconds remaining on the clock.


What we learned about Ronda Rousey:

That the pressure didn't get to her. Many could have simply folded under the heavy burden that was forced upon Ronda, but she proved to be resilient in the face of danger.


What we learned about Liz Carmouche:

That although she was pushed into this fight without being a top-ranked star, Liz belongs in the cage with the best women in the world. Despite this loss, Carmouche did better than anyone ever has against an unstoppable force like Rousey.


What's next for Ronda Rousey:

Sarah McMann seems the only logical choice. As a fellow undefeated Olympian, McMann has a professional record of 6-0 and is the best option not named Cyborg Santos.

Some feel that Alexis Davis should be next in line. Ultimately, it's six of one vs. half dozen of the other. Neither woman has a substantial fanbase and will be viewed as Rousey-fodder unless something drastic changes.


What's next for Liz Carmouche:

Because of the incredible promotion that went into this matchup, Liz Carmouche is now a star in her own right. She deserves to be in marquee fights and could do well as an attraction on a lower-tiered event.

The best opponent for Carmouche is recently signed Alexis Davis.