The following is a guest article by Nat.
On a UFC card that features a showdown between former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and former PrideFC multi-division champion and MMA legend Dan Henderson, the story of the night will be on the 135lb woman they call “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
If you’re an MMA fan, you already know that the former Olympic bronze medalist is a superstar in the making, but UFC 157 will be the night Ronda Rousey becomes a household name. Combining striking blonde looks, an Olympic pedigree, a penchant for talking trash, and most importantly — an undefeated 6-0 record with every fight ending in a brutal 1st round armbar, Rowdy is single-handedly responsible for bringing women’s MMA into the UFC. It was Rousey’s brilliant fighting style and winning personality that pushed UFC president Dana White to take a chance on women’s MMA — despite once saying that he would never allow a female fighter inside the Octagon.
From UFC 1 in 1993 where Royce Gracie choked and cranked limbs on his way to a shocking tournament victory, to the breakout Ultimate Fighter Show in 2005, to the UFC’s network deal with Fox in 2011, MMA has come a long way from the day when it was just another obscure sport relegated to the fringe. On February 23, 2013, history will be made again as “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche step into the Octagon in the first ever women’s MMA fight in the UFC. Below is a breakdown of the upcoming UFC 157 card in Anaheim, California.