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.
Week 3 of NCAA action has come to a close. It was the most eventful week of the season thus far. There were a few ranked teams that were dethroned, many of which by other ranked teams. This was also the toughest week to narrow down all of the excitement into 3 stories. So let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories.
#21 STANFORD UPSETS #2USC
Stanford Stadium was rocking as #21 Stanford Cardinals played host to #2 USC Trojans. Stanford has gotten the best of USC in the last three years, but those were teams led by now NFL rookie Andrew Luck. It was unknown if Stanford could keep the streak alive on Saturday night. The Cardinals proved they still have USC’s number in a 21-14 win over the Trojans. Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor had a great performance, rushing for 153 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. Stanford’s Quarterback Josh Nunes threw the game winning 37-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz with 11:10 remaining in the final quarter. With this win Standford moves to 3-0 for the season while USC now has a 2-1 record. USC is bowl eligible for the first time in 2 years and will now need to fight if they want to make it to the National Championship this year.
PITT SHOCKS #13 VIRGINIA TECH
Pitt came out strong on Saturday against #13 Virginia Tech. Pitt scored 14 unanswered points on Tech in the 1st quarter and led the game at halftime by a score of 21-3. Pitt won the game 35-14 and received strong performances from QB Tino Sunseri and running back Ray Graham. Sunseri was 19-28 passing and threw for283 yards with 3 touchdown passes and only 1 interception. Graham rushed for 94 yards and had 2 touchdowns. It was another story for the Hokies who struggled early on defense and their offense could not bring them back into the game. Hokies QB Logan Thomas was 14-31 and threw 3 interceptions. This win will likely put Pitt in the top 25 ranking and move the Hokies into the back of the top 25.
ARKANSAS DESTROYED BY #1 ALABAMA AT HOME
Arkansas went into last week ranked #8 and were upset by LA Monroe. That loss had the Razor Backs plunge out of the top 25 rankings. This game was expected to be tough for Arkansas but not a complete blow out. The Tide beat the living crap out of the Razorbacks winning the game 52-0. Alabama’s leading scorer was running back Eddie Lacy who rushed for 3 touchdowns. The Razorbacks did not have one single decent performance. Their leading rusher in the game was Johnathan Williams only ran for 6 yards. Their leading receivers were Chris Gragg and Austin Tate who only had 19 yards receiving a piece. The Razor back had high hopes for the season which have been completely crushed in Weeks 2 and 3. It will be a long season for the Razorbacks this year.
It used to be that a new NFL quarterback had time to develop and flourish over multiple season, not anymore. There are many teams each year that need solutions for their QB position woes. They want it fast and the best way to go now is with a top ten QB, rather than the veteran back up or fallen starting QB. It is easier to go with a new QB and take a chance at their future. The old system of getting a veteran QB is going away because teams just don’t want to be stagnate anymore. Players like Cam Newton have done great things to changes the way teams look at top pick QB’s.
RG3 celebrates his 88-yard TD pass.
In April the Washington Redskins went in the direction that most teams are going. That direction is with a top pick QB to be the future of their franchise. With the second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft the Redskins selected Robert Griffin III (RG3). RG3 had an incredible final season at Baylor in 2011 and won the Heisman Trophy. RG3 has drawn many comparisons to Cam Newton, in terms of both athleticism and potential.
On Sunday RG3 made his highly anticipated regular season debut. He led his Redskins into New Orleans to face the Saints and one of the best QB’s in the league Drew Brees. Griffin got off to a great start completing his first 7 passes for 123 yards. One of those passes was an amazing 88 yard pass to Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon was able to make it into the end zone for Griffin’s 1st NFL touchdown pass, which came in the 1st quarter. Griffin’s 2nd touchdown pass came in the second quarter, a 5 yard toss to Aldrick Robinson. Going into half time the Redskins were beating the Saints by a score of 20-14.
In the second half of the game Griffin led the Redskins down the field in position for 3 made field goal attempts. The Saints tried to comeback in the second half but with a just a field goal, two touchdown passes and a 2 point conversion it was just not enough. The Redskins won the game by a score of 40-32.
Griffin had an outstanding debut with 320 yards passing, 42 yards rushing, 2 touchdown passes and no interceptions. The Redskins might just be back in a big way. Griffin met all the expectations of the Redskin fans and his team, can he keep it up? That will be the fun thing to watch for this season.
On Saturday the number 21 ranked team in the country Kansas State hosted the Miami Hurricanes for the first time ever. K State was led by their Heisman candidate QB Collin Klein. Klein had 169 yards passing, 54 yards rushing and 2 TD passes in a win against Missouri State last week. On the other side of the stadium the Miami Hurricanes were riding the hopes of their break out freshman running back Duke Johnson. Johnson 7 rushes for 135 yards and 2 TD runs in a week 1 win over Boston College. While K State was favored going into the game the Canes had a chance at pulling out the upset on the road.
The game however told a story that not even those favoring K State would have predicted. K State crushed the Canes by a final score of 52-13. The first quarter saw Klein and the K State squad looking really strong and dominating the Canes on the offensive side of the ball. The Canes made some mistakes in the first half, such as Duke Johnson dropping an open pass which would have led to a great gain of yards for the Canes. K State played their brand of football by using up the clock and wearing down the defense. K State made a mistake going into halftime when Klein tried a trick play reverse pass to his running back that led to a loss of yards and a missed field goal by K State. The momentum appeared to have changed going into half time with K State leading 24-6.
When the second half started the Canes had many chances to get their offense going but could not capitalize. K State picked their play back up even stronger than before in the 4th quarter. K State out scored The Canes 21 to 7 in the final quarter. Collin Klein put on a clinic of passing and rushing to finish the game. The only bright spot for the Canes in the second half and probably the entire game was a 77 yard kick off return by Duke Johnson. The Canes will have to work on developing Johnson who has tremendous potential but made too many mistakes.
Collin Klein had 210 yards passing, 81 yards rushing. With 1 TD pass and 3 rushing TD’s Klein showed how talented he really is on Saturday. We could be seeing Klein with the Heisman Trophy in December if he continues to put up numbers like he did in this game.
The 2012 NFL Season kicked off on Wednesday Night in New York City. The Dallas Cowboys came into town to face their rivals the New York Giants. The Giants are going into the season as the defending champions. The Cowboys are beginning this season like they have so many others, just wanting to not choke under pressure. The Cowboys made a statement last night, they may be ready for success.
Breakout Star Kevin Ogletree on his way to a touchdown.
The Cowboys won the game 24-17, in a game that many thought would end in disappointment for “Americas Team”. The Cowboys dominated the Giants more than the score will show. The Cowboys QB Tony Romo played with poise and threw for 3 touchdowns and had 307 yards passing. Romo made a statement in this game to all of his detractors that he is a big time QB and can lead his team to wins. Kevin Ogletree had an incredible game, going into the season as the third wide receiver for the Cowboys. Ogletree was given a chance to shine when Jason Witten was limited due to injury. Ogletree took full advantage of his opportunity with 114 yards receiving and had 2 touchdowns.
The Giants did not look like the defending Super Bowl Champions in this game. QB Eli Manning Had just over 200 yards passing and only 1 TD. The Defense of the Giants was just not enough to contain the Cowboys. Point proven when Ogletree scored a 40 yard TD when he was able to break the tackles attempted by the Giants Defense.
The Cowboys began with a bang but can they keep it up? They have a history of tanking in the late part of the season and in the playoffs when they make it. This could be a sign that everything has finally fallen into place for the Cowboys who have struggled for most of the 2000′s. Tony Romo has spent many years trying to be the QB to take the Cowboys back to the Super Bowl. He has come up short many times, will this year be the same? We will have to watch how the Cowboys play the rest of the season to truly know but I have a feeling this Cowboys team is special.
College football is back! No longer do we have to wait for the moments and feel of one of the greatest sports seasons around. From now until the Winter we will be able to see the triumphs and heartbreaks that are what college football is all about. We will also get a peek at the future of professional football. Week 1 of college football is in the books, so let’s take a look at some of the major stories from the opening weekend.
BAMA Blows Out Michigan, Sights Set On A Repeat Championship
The most anticipated match up of week 1 was with out a doubt the defending Champions Alabama versus Michigan. Alabama came into this game ranked number 2 while Michigan was ranked number 8. The Tide pounded the Wolverines 41-14. Michigan’s Denard Robinson was expected to make a big impact in this game but came up short. Robinson had only 200 yards passing and was 11-26 in passing. Robinson’s only bright moment came when he threw a 71 yard pass before halftime that led to a 6-yard touchdown run for the QB. Bama’s defense was just too much for Michigan. The Tide will roll into the rest of the season hunting their next title. After Saturday night anyone who thinks they are not likely to repeat is just fooling themselves.
Penn State Continues To Feel The Blues
Penn State played Ohio on Saturday in a game that any other year would have been a blowout win for The Nittany Lions. This year was much different, Ohio won by a score of 24-14. This Penn State team is one that is trying to start its recovery from the penalties laid down by the NCAA in the wake of the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The team has been deprived of many talented players that were allowed to leave and play for other schools just weeks before the start of the season. Penn State did have an 11 point lead going into half time, but never scored another point for the remainder of the game. The home crowd was behind the Nittany Lions but it just wasn’t enough. This game could be a glimpse of how disappointing the 2012 season will be for the once mighty Penn State Football team.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith Shows He Is A Heisman Candidate
The West Virginia Mountaineers destroyed in state rival Marshall 69-34 on Saturday. The Mountaineers QB Geno Smith can take a lot of the credit for the win. Smith threw for 323 yards and had 4 touchdowns. The defense of Marshall could not contain the talent and aggressiveness of the Mountaineers. West Virginia had 655 yards on the offensive side, more than any other game last season. Ranked number 11 going into week one, the Mountaineers are going to move up as the weeks go on. They are a solid team with a great QB. Smith made himself the standout Heisman candidate this weekend and if he keeps up the incredible play will be in New York for the Ceremony in December.
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.