History was made as Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche became the first women to compete in the Octagon at UFC 157.
Although the fight was brief, it was nonetheless exciting, as Rousey kept the UFC belt around her waist by defeating Carmouche with an arm bar.
In the evening's co-main event, Lyoto Machida was able to evade the dreaded "H-Bomb" from Dan Henderson for all 15 minutes of their action en route to a earning a decision victory.
Court McGee and Josh Neer put on an entertaining scrap, Brendan Schaub showed his fight IQ, and one of MMA's old dogs made a successful return at UFC 157. All this and more went down in the Octagon Saturday night, so be sure to check out the recap of what went down on this historic night.
The UFC 157 prelims saw some variety in finishes as two fights went to a split decision, three to an unanimous decision and two went ended via submission.
Former Ultimate Fighter members Mike Chiesa and Dennis Bermudez were able to pick up victories while longtime UFC vet Sam Stout added another gritty decision to his win column at the hands of Caros Fodor.
Although many fans were expecting an explosive finish to be the end result of this contest, Brendan Schaub had no qualms about using his grappling skills to take out Lavar Johnson. Johnson attempted to take Schaub's head off at every chance he got, but he had no answers for the takedowns of Schaub.
While there were some close fights, none of the prelims were as eye-popping as Kenny Robertson's submission of Brock Jardine. Robertson had Jardine's back but looked to be slipping off. Robertson grabbed one of Jardine's legs and pulled on the limb as if he were attempting to secure a kneebar.
The strange but simple maneuver forced Jardine to tap, and it initially appeared to have caused some serious damage to his leg.
Robbie Lawler hadn't stepped into an Octagon since UFC 50 all the way back in 2004, but you'd never know that from his performance at UFC 157.
Josh Koscheck did what everyone expected him to do by using his wrestling base to take Lawler down early. Koscheck appeared to be in control as the fight stayed on the mat, but Lawler was able to reverse positions.
A few powerful punches later and referee Herb Dean stepped in to call the fight.
I still believe the stoppage was far too early, but I'm sure Koscheck's brain cells are thanking Dean for stepping in early to save them.
Both Court McGee and Josh Neer knew their UFC futures were up in the air at UFC 157 and it showed in how both men fought. Both men came out and gave everything they had for 15 minutes, but in the end it was McGee picking up the unanimous decision.
McGee was active from the start, showing no side effects from dropping to 170 pounds for the first time. Towards the end of the first round, McGee badly hurt Neer with some body shots and Neer crumpled to the mat. It was a clear 10-9 round for The Pit fighter.
The second round would be Neer's time to shine as he picked up the pace on his strikes. Neer began to utilize his jab beautifully and had McGee backing up for the majority of the round. McGee attempted to answer Neer's offense, but it appeared as if the TUF winner's pace had slowed considerably.
McGee picked up the pace in the third and gave Neer everything he could handle in the final frame. McGee scored a takedown in the final round that likely gave him the victory at two rounds to one.
There were a number of issues I had with this fight. The first is that it should've been scored a 29-28 victory for McGee, as Neer clearly won round two. The other issue I have is with McGee's fight IQ in this bout.
He had Neer badly hurt towards the end of the first frame and could've possibly ended the fight had he thrown and landed a flurry of strikes. Instead, McGee attempted to secure a submission with just seconds remaining in the bout.
Also, McGee never went back to attacking the body in the second round. He had just dropped Neer to close out the first, but you'd never have known from how he chose to attack Neer as the fight wore on.
Two of MMA's pioneering fighters were expected to face off in an extended show when Urijah Faber met Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157. Instead, fans saw "The California Kid" secure a first-round tapout to firmly entrench himself as one of the top bantamweights in the world.
Menjivar landed a takedown early, but Faber was able to reverse positions. While on top, Faber was able to work some nice elbows from inside Menjivar's guard. It was eerily similar to a prime Tito Ortiz as Faber worked some nice strikes from the top.
Menjivar looked to return to his feet, but Faber was able to take his back and slapped on a tight rear-naked choke to force the tapout.
As Faber said in the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, finishing a guy like Menjivar is no small feat and proved that Faber is still a force in the bantamweight division.
Lyoto Machida put on a textbook performance against Dan Henderson in the UFC 157 co-main event.
The Brazilian utilized his superior speed and footwork to avoid Henderson's right hand throughout the fight. Henderson repeatedly looked to land the right hand, but the opening never came as Machida was quick to circle away.
The first round saw quite a bit of a feeling-out process as Henderson looked to land kicks early and saw little action. In the final seconds of the fight, however, Machida scored a beautiful trip from the clinch to take Henderson down.
The second round was similar to the first in that Machida continued to counter while evading Henderson's strikes. Henderson was able to do some damage to Machida's legs, but it didn't appear to effect "The Dragon's" movements at all.
In the final round, Machida continued to utilize his evasive style, but Henderson was finally able to secure a bit of offense as he took advantage of a Machida slip to secure top position. Henderson attempted to do some damage, but in creating space he allowed Machida to work his way back to the feet.
The end result was a split decision with very few significant moments in 15 minutes. I'm not sure if Machida did anything to make Dana White or any MMA fan believe he could fare better against Jon Jones (should he get past Chael Sonnen).
The crowd in the arena (and I'm assuming all over the MMA world) was electric before the ladies stepped in the cage. Ronda Rousey receives a lot of criticism, but there's no denying she's a star and can electrify a crowd.
UFC 157 was supposed to be Rousey's coming-out party, but Liz Carmouche nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. Carmouche had Rousey's back while the Olympian was standing upright. Rousey's neck became very twisted as it looked like Carmouche was attempting to squeeze Rousey's head like it was a pimple.
Rousey eventually shook her off and, after quite a struggle from Carmouche, was finally able to secure the tapout due to arm bar.
Carmouche put up a much better fight than most fans were anticipating and definitely earned another trip to the Octagon, while the list of credible challengers to Rousey's title are shrinking by the day.