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What Time is Ronda Rousey Fight UFC 157? Liz Carmouche vs. Ronda Rousey Main Event Saturday

By Staff Reporter - Posted: 02/19/13 10:45AM EST
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Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche will face off at UFC 157. It marks the first women's match in the promotion's history. (Photo: UFC)

UFC 157 is shaping up to be a historic fight. Not only will the match between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche be the first promoted women’s fight in UFC history, but the main event will also put Rousey’s undefeated MMA record on the line.

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A notoriously strong grappler, Ronda Rousey ended her first six fights with a devastating first-round submission. In fact, five of those six fights were decided within the first minute, transforming Rousey into an overnight superstar in the sport despite having yet to compete under the UFC organization.

Now that Ronda Rousey’s dominance has elevated her into the top promotion that is UFC, this is her chance to demonstrate her unmatched skill to a much bigger audience.

The Ronda Rousey technique has been studied by fighters, trainers and fans alike. Rousey’s power dominates the grappling game as she quickly positions her opponent into an armbar. In fact, the only thing more fearsome than her submissions is just how quickly she can execute them.

However, Rousey isn’t undefeatable and if anyone is going to take down Rousey, it’s going to be Liz Carmouche. With a record of 8-2, five of Carmouche’s wins were by knockout. As fearsome a striker as Rousey is a grappler, their distinct fighting styles throws variety and interesting dynamics into the fight.

For Carmouche, the challenge will be to bear with Rousey’s quick grapples in the opening minutes and to find a window to land the blows. With every minute that passes without a tap out, the momentum will slowly shift in Liz Carmouche’s favor.

It is rare for contenders to immediately fight in a main event for their maiden UFC match. That said, Ronda Rousey’s superhuman grappling ability has already generated incredible buzz, making the promotion’s decision to fast-track Rousey not surprising.

Women’s Bantamweight Championship UFC 157, Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche, will be held at the Honda Center of Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m./10 p.m. Pacific.

Be sure to learn how you can watch the event live via Pay-per-view or online live stream at the official UFC website.



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