Defending 135lb womens champion Ronda Rousey beat Liz Carmouche in the first ever womens bout in the UFC. The victory came in the first round via armbar submission. Which is no surprise because her previous 8 victories were all delivered in the same fashion. There was however a point in the fight that Rousey looked to be in trouble. It came in the first minute of the fight when Carmouche was on Rousey’s back. Carmouche attempted to go for a choke and at one point had Rousey in a neck crank. Rousey stayed patient and was able to get Carmouche off of her and within a matter on minutes had her in an armbar. Carmouche quickly tapped and the fight was over.
Ronda Rousey applies the armbar on Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. (Getty Images)
With this fight history was made as it was not only the first womens fight in the UFC’s 20 year history, it was also the main event. Ronda Rousey will now be known as the first ever UFC womens champion. Rousey has definitely set her self up to become a mega star. Within 2 years she has gone from an unknown fighter fighting on low visibility Strickforce on Showtime events to main eventing in the biggest MMA promotion around. This is largely due to the way she has amassed her now 9 victories. All of her victories have come in the first round with an armbar submission, most of which came within under a minute of the fight. She has established the armbar as her finisher much like a pro wrestler has a signature finishing maneuver. This is a gimmick that could take her very far in the sport and also create a legend about her like Mike Tyson had in the 1980′s with his knockout punches.
Ronda Rousey will more than likely fight again by years end. The UFC does not have the other big name womens MMA fighter Chris Cyborg. Cyborg recently signed with Invicta. The UFC does have a fresh crop of talent to build up for her. Its pretty safe to say that her next fight regardless of the opponent will be a big draw. She has developed into a super star the like of which will overshadow the previous Queen of MMA Gina Carrano. It will be exciting to she where this crazy ride Rousey is on will end up.
Much like a pro wrestler has a finisher so does female MMA fighter “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the armbar submission. Rousey is a former Olympic bronze medalist in judo and comes from a tradition of judo, her mother also being a judo practitioner. Trained by the great “judo” Gene Lebell and training with the Diaz brothers in California. Rousey has ascended to the top of womens MMA in less than a year. Rousey has a 3-0 amateur record and a 6-0 pro record, all of the victories came via armbar submission with the latest victory coming Saturday night.
135 lb Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
Rousey the 135 pound Champion defended her title against challenger Sarah Kaufman. Many thought Kaufman’s experience and striking ability would be a tough challenge for Rousey to over come. There was nothing difficult for Rousey in this fight. She took Kaufman down early and got the submission victory at 54 seconds. Rousey has only had one fight that went longer than one minute. That fight was against Miesha Tate when the fight went 4:27, Rousey claimed the title in that March fight with an arm bar.
The next fight for Rousey will most likely be against former champion Cyborg Santos. That would be an intriguing fight and would likely be a great one. Santos striking is the best in womans MMA and we already know what Rousey is bringing to the table. It could be the highest rated women’s MMA fight in History.
Rousey is very popular and her popularity will only get greater with her submission victories. Not quit as popular as Gina Corano was a little over 3 years ago when she was on top of the division, Rousey is getting close to that level though. The myth could grow to the point she may reach the level Mike Tyson in the 1980s. The only thing that might hold her back has nothing to do with her fighting but rather how she acts outside of the cage. She does not carry herself like a superstar, Rousey comes across more as an everyday person in interviews. If she continues her demolition of the women’s division superstar appeal may not matter. The eyes of the MMA world will be on her even more in her next fight and we will have to see how she handles all of the attention.
The UFC returned to Loas Angeles, CA and the Staples Center on Saturday night. The event was the UFC’s 4th special on the FOX network. The main show on FOX featured four fights. Two of the fights featured Light Heavywieghts that would determine who will face the winner of the Jon Jones VS Dan Henderson for the division’s championship. UFC President stated earlier this week that the fighter who looked “Most Impressive” would get the future Light Heavyweight Title shot.
The show started with a Welterweight fight between Damarques Johnson and the returning Mike Swick. Johnson dominated the fight on the ground in the 1st round. When the 2nd round began the fight quickly turned around for Swick who was able to grab Johnson’s leg and take him down. While Swick was taking Johnson down when he delivered a knockout punch to Johnson and was victorious in his return to fighting after a 2 year absence.
The next fight had Joe Lauzon defeat Jamie Varner in a Lightweight contest via submission in the 3rd round. This was an incredible back and forth fight that had both men matched up pretty evenly. Varner seemed to get tired as the fight progressed. Lauzon took advantage of Varner’s fatigue with a triangle choke in the 3rd round that forced Varner to submit. Great showing for both fighters but this fight made Lauzon look like a star.
In the 1st of 2 Light Heavyweight bouts, Lyoto Machida defeated Ryan Bader in the 2nd round via knockout. Both fighters stood up during the 1st round and neither fighter took great risk or damage. Early in the second round Machida counter punched his way to a victory when Bader took a chance at charging at Machida with strikes. Machida looked good in this fight and ended it early like he was expected to do.
The Main event and final Light Heavyweight bout took place between Shogun Rua and Brandon Vera. This fight was won by Rua with a knockout in the 4th round. This fight was mostly dominated by Rua who had Vera on the ground for a lot of the fight and landed more strikes. Vera did looked good in the fight with the amount of punishment he was able to take and still push through. Rua won when he knocked Vera down to the ground with a punch against the cage and was able to finish it by punishing Vera. Rua admitted he was getting tired towards the 2nd round and it showed.
Lyoto Machida gets a future title shot.
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Dana White after the show was over announced that he felt Machida was “most impressive” and would recieve the future title shot. White’s decision was the obvious and correct one. Jon Jones is likely to be the Champion who will face Machida later this year or early next year. Jones does have to fight Dan Henderson who is a legend in the sport but probably will not be able to defeat Jones. Jones has previously defeated Machida so the fight will be difficult for the UFC to sell. That is the nature of the beast however and the UFC will just have to find a way to market the fight.
This was a solid show with good fights that did not go to decision. The UFC needs to continue to put good shows on FOX so that they can attract more casual fans. It would be to their advantage to put bigger fights on the FOX shows to expand the audience. The UFC feels their main focus should be PPV and not the network specials. At least this turned out to be a good show but the UFC needs to step up their game on FOX if they want to create new fans.
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
On Saturday night Las Vegas was home to what will probably be the biggest fight of the year for the UFC. The defending UFC Middleweight Champion Andson Silva took on his strongest challenger Chael Sonnen in their second fight. Silva was dominated for the majority of their first fight but pulled out a victory in the final minutes of the fight with a submission victory. That was 23 months ago, an immediate rematch was demanded by the fans. Due to several circumstances mostly involving Chael Sonnen that fight was delayed. The MMA World was able to witness one of the most anticipated rematches in the history of the sport on Saturday.
The crowd was really hot before and during the fight. Sonnen as he said he would refused to shake hands with Silva. The 1st round was all Sonnen. He took down Silva in the first minute of the fight and had him on the ground for most of the 1st round. Sonnen worked well on top delivering ear shots and from time to time was able to raise his body up and bring punches down on Silva’s head. I scored the 1st round 10-9 Sonnen, it was as close to a 10-8 round you can get.
The 2nd round started with the crowd chanting USA. Sonnen tried to take Silva down early but was unsuccessful. Sonnen went for a judo take down and lost his balance. Silva took advantage of the misstep and pounded Sonnen while he was up against the cage. Sonnen was rocked and could not defend himself anymore and the fight was called at almost 2 minutes into the 2nd round.
After the fight Silva said the the emotions were running high prior to the fight but its MMA and he respects Sonnen. Sonnen had no choice but to accept the show of respect and shake hands with Silva. Sonnen later said that he had his opportunity and that was all he could ask for, he also said that Silva was a deserving Champion.
Despite the loss this fight was beneficial for Sonnen. He was exposed to a greater audience with all of the hype surrounding the fight. He displayed his excellent promo skills and showed he is a really good fighter to many who may have never seen him before. He could be a big draw for the UFC in the future.
Silva will be a UFC Champion for 6 years in October. He has showed himself to be a true champion. Silva will undoubtedly go down in the history of MMA as one of the best champions not only in his weight division but pound for pound.
It is unknown what will be next for Silva however. He will probably not fight again until the end of the year or early next year. It has been rumored that he was considering retirement last year. While he is approaching the age and career length where fighters usually fall back I don’t see him retiring as champion. I believe Silva will continue to fight until he loses the belt. Silva cemented his legacy as a great champion even further on Saturday night and the MMA World will wait to see how long he can continue on as champion.
UFC Champion Jon “Bones” Jones
On Saturday morning at 5am EST Jon “Bones” Jones was arrested in Binghamton, New York and charged with Driving Under The Influence. He reportedly crashed his Bentley into a pole and was arrested at the scene of the accident. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Jones is from the nearby town of Ithica, New York. Jones’ management has confirmed he was arrested for a DUI but have not confirmed the details.
Jones is currently the UFC’s Light heavy Weight Champion. He last defended his title at last months UFC 145 in Atlanta. He defeated challenger Rashad Evans at that event.
As of the moment Jones is slated to defend his title against former Pride and Strikeforce Champion Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in September.
There is no word yet from the UFC of what actions if any that the company will take. This is not a good situation for the UFC from the get go. The UFC will likely face pressure to take action. That could mean a fine or even worse a suspension for Jones. Jones is the one fighter who is very talented, very young and could carry the company through the decade if he can continue to stay healthy. Although he is not very charismatic and has not proven to be a big draw on Pay Per View, he does have a lot of potential to sell them a lot of PPV buys in the Future. The UFC’s primary source of revenue is on PPV.
The UFC has had nothing but problems when it comes to fighters who are booked on shows pulling out. A lot events in the last year and a half have seen many fighters pull out due to injuries in training and in a few instances failed drug tests. This may be one situation where a fighter has to be taken out do to bad decision making.
With the television ratings declining and their deal with FOX not looking so great, this is a terrible thing for the UFC to have to deal with. The UFC President Dana White has never been one to shy away from talking about a situation. I expect White to address this situation in the next week.
The UFC’s now former Heavyweight Title Contender has been nothing but a headache for them and now its time for him to go! UFC President Dana White tweeted on Friday that he is out of his main event title shot against the champion Junior Dos Santos at next months UFC 146. Overeem was to be suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following a failed surprise drug test last month. The test came back with high levels of testosterone. Overeem was appealing the suspension and is set to have a hearing for that appeal on Tuesday. In the short term, it does not matter anymore now that he has been removed from the fight regardless of the results on Tuesday.
Overeem was a fighter that was successful in Japan during the Pride era. As we have come to find out in the years since the company folded, many of the fights were fixed and there was a very laughable drug testing program if it even existed at all. So his fight record is shady to say the least. Overeem had a deal with the Strikeforce promotion when the UFC acquired it last year.
He has been a decent fighter in recent years, but the drug testing problems and the stalling he has done to keep from taking them have been major issues. He clearly used steroids earlier in his career. Like most fighters who have done so, he needs testosterone to bring his levels back up to the regular levels. As a result he is testing for high levels of testosterone. His argument for Tuesdays hearing is that he needs to boost his testosterone levels to compete because his levels are low.
The testosterone issue is becoming greater and the UFC needs to police itself better when it comes to drug testing. If this keeps coming up it could destroy the UFC pretty fast. As of right now they rely on the state athletic commission to test their fighters. The testing the commission does is very predictable and not efficient enough. The UFC has lost too many fights over problems like this.
I think its great Dana White has done something about this problem and Overeem on his own. I totally understand that they do not want him as champion. He is not reliable and there are way too many problems they would be letting into the organization. I think the UFC must do more, putting in people’s contracts that if they fail a certain number of tests would be a great start. I am tired of hearing the excuse of testosterone levels being too low and needing to take testosterone boosters to bring them up. The bottom line is if you have used steroids and messed up you body you should not be allowed to fix it to fight and if you were born with low levels than you should fight clean or don’t fight at all.
The example needs to be set now with Overeem. I am over his bullshit and don’t want to see him fight anymore. He is a guy that clearly needs an advantage to fight at the UFC level. He does not belong there and this incident is the latest that proves it.