UFC 157: "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey Does It Yet Again

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIFebruary 24, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 23:  Ronda Rousey fights Liz Carmouche during their UFC Bantamweight Title bout at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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On a card that featured many exciting fights, there was none that I was more excited for as the main event.

The main event was in many ways historic for the UFC and for WMMA as a whole.

It was the first time that women fought in the UFC as well as the first women's title fight in UFC history.

The two ladies who met in the Octagon were former Olympic Judoka Ronda Rousey and former Marine Liz Carmouche.

These two women put on one heck of a show. Rousey came fast right out of the gate and began to use her striking to cover the distance to her opponent. Carmouche met her and as Rousey had her up against the cage both threw some solid shots.

Rousey was then able to drag the fight into her domain, on the mat. Carmouche was able to keep her composure and escape the control of Rousey and take the champion's back. From there she secured an over under and looked for a choke.

Rousey was defending well and Carmouche looked to have a nasty neck crank applied tight. Displaying some true heart, Rousey was able to shake Carmouche off her back and survive the submission attempt.

Rousey was able to land some shots as Carmouche defended on the mat. She then threw a punch and landed in side control. She tied up Carmouche's head and began hitting her with strikes.

Throughout this exchange Carmouche was constantly trying to escape and take the back of the champ.

Rousey then transitioned into the mount position and began hunting for her opponents arm. Rousey pulled off a beautiful roll while attempting to extend the arm and secure the submission, but Carmouche was resilient.

Rousey was persistent and eventually hooked her arm around the arm of her opponent, pulled it free and extended it until Carmouche had no other choice but to tap.

Carmouche put on an excellent fight. She put Rousey in a bad position and very nearly finished the fight. She displayed a certain amount of heart and toughness that was inspiring to watch.

In the end, Rousey did what she does best. Seven professional fights and seven first round armbar finishes. The star that is Ronda Rousey is burning brighter than ever.

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