UFC 157 Predictions: Fighters Who'll Earn Big Wins in Anaheim

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CA - JUNE 26:  Urijah Faber relaxing after working out for the media during the Team Alpha Male Media Open Workout at Ultimate Fitness Gym on June 26, 2012 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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UFC 157 is shaping up to be another fantastic card of action, with several big fights set to come our way from the Octagon in Anaheim on Saturday.

Ronda Rousey headlines the card with the chance to become the first female UFC champion, but several great bouts exist before that on the main card. They might not carry the same significance, but they'll certainly turn out to be thrilling fights to watch.

Which fighters will emerge from UFC 157 with big wins?

Read on and find out.


Josh Koscheck

Koscheck might not have had the greatest recent history after losing to Johny Hendricks and eking out a split decision against Mike Pierce. Granted, he's still 15-6 overall, but those fights really should have been resounding wins for Koscheck.

He just wasn't good enough.

Yet even considering those performances, it's hard to see Robbie Lawler getting the better of him here or even being able to trouble him at UFC 157. 

Koscheck is just a better fighter who has more weapons at his disposal, and he should be able to chalk up an easy win here. As long as he fights smart, that is.


Urijah Faber

Faber is another guy whose career isn't as high as it once was, but he's still an elite fighter who should have no trouble against Ivan Menjivar.

Faber has never lost two fights in a row before. Given the caliber of guys he's gone up against, it's hard to see him dropping to Menjivar, who didn't offer anything other than false resistance in his last outing against Faber.


Ronda Rousey

Rousey is the biggest name in the UFC at the moment, and she'll prove why with a clean and comfortable victory on Saturday.

The Olympic judo medalist will cruise through Liz Carmouche, who is a good fighter. But she isn't an Olympic-level fighter who can keep up with Rousey throughout the whole fight, let alone the first round.

This one isn't about whether Rousey will win, and it's not really even about whether she'll win in the first round. Both of those are seemingly given—the biggest question is how she'll earn the win. And even that looks like a submission all the way.


Who do you think will win from the main card in UFC 157?

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