“UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche” took place Saturday inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Ronda Rousey (Pictured) kicked off her big league career in spectacular, and familiar, fashion. In her seventh professional fight, Rousey posted her seventh first round armbar submission victory.
Liz Carmouche presented the “Rowdy” one with a brief scare early, but she ultimately became victim #7.
Lyoto Machida didn’t impress UFC President Dana White in his split decision victory over Dan Henderson in the show’s co-featured attraction. However, White is keeping his word (for now) and will grant “The Dragon” next dibs at the light heavyweight crown.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Nah-Shon Burrell Defeated Yuri Villefort via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Neil Magny Defeated Jon Manley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kenny Robertson Defeated Brock Jardine via Submission (Knee Bar) at 2:57 in the 1stRound
Sam Stout Defaeted Caros Fodor via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Dennis Bermudez Defeated Matt Grice via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Michael Chiesa Defeated Anton Kuivanen via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:29 in the 2ndRound
Brendan Schaub Defeated Lavar Johnson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robbie Lawler Defeated Josh Koscheck via TKO (Punches) at 3:57 in the 1stRound
Court McGee Defeated Josh Neer via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Urijah Faber Defeated Ivan Menjivar via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:34 in the 1stRound
Lyoto Machida Defeated Dan Henderson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ronda Rousey Defeated Liz Carmouche via Submission (Armbar) at 4:49 in the 1stRound (Rousey retains UFC bantamweight title)
Fight of the Night:
Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice ($50,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Kenny Robertson ($50,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Robbie Lawler ($50,000)
According to White, 15,525 fans packed the arena, garnering a live gate of $1.4 million.
Despite the controversy, White also gave Machida the decision win.
White stated Grice will not be cut, despite losing two of last three.
Machida staying at light heavyweight.
Henderson says the loss was his fault, he should have been more aggressive. He’s not done, wants to return in June or July.
White says Carmouche is one of the world’s best. Guarantees she will have a kitchen table now.
White claims he knew this main event would be big. However, really surprised the media accepted it like they did.
White says Miesha Tate-Cat Zingano winner “makes sense” as Rousey’s next challenger.
White says Koscheck was out. Subsequent punches woke him back up.
Faber is ready for whoever. He’s not thinking about retiring at 33. Not demanding a title shot, either.
Rousey plans to disappear for the next week. Tired of talking about herself.
White gives Rousey and Carmouche props for doing a ton of media to promote the fight. Takes indirect jab at Nick Diaz.
Rousey finally feels comfortable holding UFC belt now that she has won title fight in Octagon.