UFC 157

Ronda Rousey Will Dispatch Liz Carmouche in First Round at UFC 157

Feb 20, 2013; Torrance, CA, USA;  Ronda Rousey during today's public workout at the UFC gym for her bout with Liz Carmouche on Feb 23.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 23, 2013

Liz Carmouche will not be much of a challenge for Ronda Rousey at UFC 157.

We see it ending, much like Rousey’s other fights, before we’ve had enough time to grab a drink and kick our feet up.

Rousey has beat five of her last six opponents in dominate fashion. She submitted all six of them in the first round, with five of those tapouts coming in the opening 60 seconds of the action.

This bout won’t be any different. It is nothing more than a vehicle for Rousey to propel herself further into superstardom in the female MMA world.

We’d like to see Carmouche put up a fight and push Rousey to her limits, a place we have yet to see her reach.

How will she respond when backed into a corner with the pressure on her? Can she win the long, close fights that are decided by swaying the vote of one judge?

Unfortunately, these questions will probably go unanswered until Rousey can find a competitor that can match her aggressiveness and power in the Octagon.

Carmouche is many things, but she isn’t on Rousey’s level.

For one thing, she—like virtually everyone else we’ve seen against Rousey—will not have an answer for the armbar submission. The finishing move is a signature of Rousey's, but it isn’t what makes her so deadly.

Rousey uses her superior strength and technically sound grappling to dictate opponents’ movements and responses. She anticipates those reactions to gain leverage and brings them to the mat.

That’s where her strength comes into play even more so.

Once on the mat, it is a near certainty that her opponents won’t reach their feet until the bell has been rung and Rousey is victorious.

That’s what Carmouche is up against at UFC 157: An unstoppable force that isn’t just aiming to win, but to win convincingly and quickly.

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