UFC 157 Results: The 5 Most Impressive Performances from Anaheim
UFC 157 became a memorable night, even though the vast majority of MMA fans only tuned in to watch the evening's main event bouts.
Ronda Rousey continued to armbar her way to yet another victory, but faced some adversity along the way. Lyoto Machida was able to avoid Dan Henderson's strikes as he won a close one.
Court McGee won an entertaining fight against Josh Neer, Urijah Faber notched another victory and Robbie Lawler picked up his first UFC victory since 2004.
There were a number of fighters who looked great in the Octagon, but which ones had the most impressive performances at UFC 157?
Kenny Robertson used his wrestling background to get the fight where he wanted it, but used some innovation to secure the victory.
Robertson was riding the back of Brock Jardine in the first round, attempting to lock in a rear naked choke. Jardine did well defending the choke but couldn't escape.
Just as Robertson looked to be sliding off as he was too high on the back, he grabbed a hold of Jardine's leg and began to pull on it. Jardine's knee was in obvious pain, and it forced the fighter to tapout giving Robertson the submission victory.
I know a lot of MMA fans aren't happy with how Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson turned out, but I'll give Schaub some props.
Schaub has displayed a questionable chin at best thus far into his MMA career. It's also clear that Johnson has a knack for removing people from their senses with ease.
Schaub and his camp knew this and avoided the dangerous power strikes of Johnson by utilizing his grappling game. His takedowns looked more like tackles, but they were still effective.
Schaub's knee-tap takedown from the clinch was also a thing of beauty.
Robbie Lawler was a guy that many MMA fans had written off as he rejoined the UFC's ranks. That was especially true given that Lawler, a guy whose ground game isn't great, was set to face one of the most decorated collegiate wrestlers in the UFC's history, Josh Koscheck.
It appeared as if everything was going as it should with Koscheck securing the takedown, but Lawler nearly reversed his fortunes with a butterfly sweep. Lawler found his way to a top position and unloaded some heavy leather to the head of Koscheck.
Regardless of how you feel about the stoppage, it was an impressive showing from Lawler as he found himself in trouble early and persevered through the bad times.
I know many sports fans don't believe in moral victories, but Liz Carmouche achieved one at UFC 157.
In what appeared to be a mismatch on paper turned out to be a pretty entertaining fight between Carmouche and Ronda Rousey. Carmouche had the UFC champion in trouble early and came close to securing a rear naked choke.
However, Rousey was able to stave off the threat and reverse her fortunes. She had to work extensively for the armbar but forced Carmouche to tap.
Carmouche did better than anyone outside of her camp predicted and didn't embarrass herself against the former Olympian Rousey. The "Girlrilla" has definitely earned another trip to the Octagon.
Is there a kryptonite to this woman?
Ronda Rousey continued to look as close to unbeatable as a fighter could look after defeating Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157. She had to face quite a bit of adversity as Carmouche came within inches of getting a rear naked choke, but she powered through the tough times.
Even when she attempted to secure the armbar, Rousey once again faced opposition as Carmouche did everything in her power to avoid tapping.
Rousey will no doubt be watching upcoming UFC programming to judge what could be her future title challenger when Miesha Tate faces Cat Zingano and Sara McMann battles Alexis Davis.