UFC 157: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Saturday's PPV

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 23:  Ronda Rousey celebrates her UFC Bantamweight Title over Liz Carmouche at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Saturday’s UFC 157 pay-per-view was one of the most groundbreaking shows in the company’s history because of the fact that the main event was the first women’s fight in a UFC show.

While there were clear winners Saturday night, there were also a few subpar fights that hurt the overall viewing of this event.

As bad as those fights were, they couldn't mar a monumental occasion.

All of the following events played in to how MMA fans will view UFC 157, but the show will always be remembered for the amazing main event that broke barriers for the sport.


The Good: Ronda Rousey Puts Women’s MMA on the Map

No matter what the outcome of Saturday’s first women’s fight in UFC history between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche turned out to be, the sport of women’s MMA would be the biggest winner.

Not only did Ronda Rousey retain her bantamweight title via armbar at 4:49 of Round 1, but she also cemented herself as a star in the sport and the face of women’s MMA.

Saturday was a huge step forward for the UFC, as Bleacher Report's MMA lead writer Jeremy Botter discusses in this video via CNN.com.

The key for Dana White and Co. now will be finding a viable opponent that will not only push Rousey, but rival her in popularity. With two polarizing figures, the UFC will be able to build even more intrigue around the red-hot women’s division.


The Bad: Josh Koscheck on the Hot Seat

Squaring off against a veteran fighter in Robbie Lawler who had much to prove to the UFC officials, Josh Koscheck came up small and looked outclassed on Saturday night, getting TKO’d at 3:57 of Round 1.

With roster cuts imminent (h/t MMAFighting.com) and two straight losses, Koscheck is on the hot seat.

The poor performance from the longtime UFC pro proved he wasn’t a viable title contender anymore, and if Dana White and UFC officials deem his name isn’t enough of a draw anymore, one of the original Ultimate Fighters will be let go.


The Ugly: Lyoto Machida’s Win

While Lyoto Machida beat Dan Henderson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) Saturday night, the fight was nothing special and featured Machida avoiding Henderson’s power at all costs.

Henderson is still one of the better light heavyweights in the division, but the 42-year-old’s inability to get a decisive win over Machida will cost him another shot at Jon Jones and the UFC championship.

Jones has the power and speed to destroy Machida again—he was victorious in December 2011 against Machida—and many MMA fans were hoping Henderson would win this fight and make the next title bout even more interesting.

Not this time.