Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche Results: Full Fight Technical Breakdown
Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey, ladies and gentlemen.
Does anybody dare question the validity of women's MMA after the UFC 157 main event Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.?
I'll be the first to admit: Like Georges St-Pierre, I was not fully sold on women's MMA heading into Rousey's first title defense against Liz Carmouche.
I had watched prior fights—even excellent Invicta Fighting Championships cards—but the star power, the excitement, the "something" wasn't there.
And then I saw their pace, and now I'm a believer.
The main event at UFC 157—all four minutes and 49 seconds of it—was magnificent.
Fans saw moments of success from each woman, and there was, of course, that ending.
Rousey snatched Carmouche's arm, as she has done in all six of her professional victories, and she forced the tap out with just 11 seconds left in Round 1.
Let's break down how this finish came to fruition.
The round opened with each woman aggressively looking to impose her will.
Rousey moved forward throwing punches and looking to bully Carmouche against the cage, while Carmouche countered with some solid punches of her own.
Just 10 seconds in, Ronda tied "The Girilla" up against the cage, and dragged her to the canvas.
Was the armbar about to happen already?!
Rousey isolated Carmouche's arm for a brief instance, but Carmouche smartly used the cage to transition out of harm's way, where she quickly and nimbly took Rousey's back.
That sequence was marvelous, and if you were rooting for Rousey, don't even try to tell me you didn't get a little bit nervous.
From here, Carmouche sunk in her hooks and looked for the standing rear-naked choke. To her credit, Rousey smartly avoided the choke, so Carmouche went for ye ole head crank—a rare bird inside the Octagon.
For a split second, any knowledge of the human body and muscle fiber left me, and I sincerely thought Rousey's head was going to go all Linda Blair on us.
Blame it on the adrenaline.
As Carmouche fought for the submission, Rousey smartly pried her opponent's left hook out from her thigh and shook Carmouche off her back.
Out of harm's way for the champion. Carmouche appeared content to play guard after this, as Rousey regrouped and fixed her top.
Hold it right here.
Why would Carmouche do this?
In this instance, Rousey was nowhere near her, and Carmouche could have easily stood up.
Everybody on this planet knows that you do not want to be on your back against Ronda Rousey, but Carmouche froze and let the opportunity slip by.
If she could have stood and traded punches, we may have seen a different result.
Anyway, back to the action.
Rousey got herself adjusted and went to work picking at Carmouche's midsection from a standing position.
Carmouche attacked a leg, looking for a leg lock, but Rousey spun out beautifully and immediately transitioned into side control.
Right now, it really looked to me like Rousey could have secured an arm triangle if she so desired. She had control of Carmouche's head, and Carmouche's arm was perfectly isolated, just waiting to be clamped down and squeezed.
What do I know, though?
From here, Rousey continued to batter Carmouche with some admittedly weak ground-and-pound, and Carmouche looked for an inverted triangle choke.
In that brief moment of exceptional confidence, Carmouche spelled her fate.
She left a small opening in looking for the choke, and Rousey mounted her and immediately transitioned to the spider web, where she looked for the armbar.
Carmouche showed excellent defense, to her credit. Her arms were locked tight, she attempted to roll out and she bucked like an angry bull.
It was all for nothing.
Rousey eventually dislodged Carmouche's arm and forced the tap with just 11 seconds left on the clock.
From the spider web to the armbar, Carmouche fought for about 40 seconds, but it was still just not enough.
Rousey controlled Carmouche and snagged an arm in the very first round.
Another day, another first-round armbar.
This Rousey chick ain't bad.
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