Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ronda Rousey makes history at UFC 157

OK folks. I have the Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche fight video right here on the Big Bad Blog. Even if you find it on Youtube, it will be deleted. I don't use Youtube. Not only was this match historic but it lived up to the pre-match hype. This was especially important because the match between Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida that dopey whiners thought should be the main event was a dud. Anyone who still refuses to give credit to these two women isn't a real MMA fan. This fight hit a home run. The big question was what would Liz have for Ronda and would that make any difference. After Ronda's initial takedown, Liz managed to scramble on to Ronda's back and apply a standing rear naked choke. The funny part is that earlier in the show, Urijah Faber used the same hold to beat Ivan Menjivar. It's not that common but it was still fresh in people's minds. But if you watch very closely, you can see that Liz never gets the choke applied properly. And the problem was that UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan missed the call. If the choke had been applied properly for that length of time, Ronda would have been asleep. So Liz turns it into a neck crank. I've seen Shayna Baszler get a submission with a neck crank but not standing. So a standing neck crank is a very low percentage move unlikely to get a submission. And it didn't. After Ronda threw Liz, Liz stayed on her back. One would think she would want to get up. I'm not sure what she was trying to do but it didn't work. Ronda used a very slick move to control Liz and pound her head. Then with a minute left in the round, Ronda went to side control and of course the armbar. She had less time than last year with Miesha Tate. But Ronda was successful and it was over. Ronda Rousey is still the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. The one thing we saw here is Ronda can withstand adversity. I don't know if that will stop the haters. Probably not. Ronda's next challenger will be the winner of Miesha Tate vs Cat Zingano on Apr. 13. Other female fighters under UFC contract include Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Sarah Kaufman, Germaine De Randamie, Julie Kedzie and Amanda Nunes. And supposedly they are looking at five more fighters. So we've come a long way from the first women's MMA show promoted by LLPW owner Shinobu Kandori back in 1996. And the first Hook 'N' Shoot show promoted by Jeff Osborne. The blood, sweat and tears shed by women's MMA pioneers like Megumi Yabushita, Marloes Coenen, Yuka Tsuji, Megumi Fujii and Tara LaRosa led to last night. This is just the beginning. Enjoy the video.

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