UFC 157 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

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UFC 157 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche
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It was a historic night in Anaheim, as Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche became the first women to compete in the UFC Octagon.

It was a milestone that didn't escape notice. Rather than bury the bout on the undercard, the UFC decided to go all in, putting the two women in the main event in a fight for the UFC women's bantamweight title.

Combined with Danica Patrick's success at the Daytona 500 qualifying, there was a ready-made narrative about women in sports right there for the taking.

And the mainstream media responded in a major way. From CNN.com to ESPN's SportsCenter, the two women and UFC president Dana White faced an unprecedented media gauntlet, often with outlets that wouldn't normally cover an MMA fight. 

This was arguably the most discussed bout in MMA history, and the two fighters delivered on the very high expectations. Carmouche threatened Rousey early with a rear-naked choke, shocking, well, pretty much everyone.

But Rousey rallied, and in the end, the bout ended just as all six of her previous contests have ended—by armbar in the very first round.

Rousey, of course, wasn't the night's only winner. MMA is a funny sport. Sometimes, a fighter can lose even in victory, especially if that win is a snoozer that turns off fans and promoters. Likewise, a fighter like Carmouche can raise her standing in defeat with a valiant effort.

So, who were the real winners and losers at UFC 157? Click on to find out.

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