UFC 157: Ronda defends title, Machida to be the next challenger! (PHOTO)
UFC 157 made history – the first female match in the world's strongest MMA promotion in which Ronda Rousey kept her title by defeating Liz Carmouche at the very end of round one. The Olympic judoist did it her typical manner by forcing her opponent to a submission by armbar.
In the co-main event, Lyoto Machida defeated Dan Henderson by split decision to re-assume the number one contender position in the light heavyweight division. The rather boring and tactically complicated fight was bound to be decided by judges' decision, and the Brazilian won deservedly as he landed more concrete strikes throughout the match. Machida now awaits the outcome of the Jones vs. Sonnen bout to find out who will be his next opponent.
Urijah Faber did an impressive job by outclassing the otherwise excellent Ivan Menjivar. From the very onset, Faber imposed a high pace and by dominating in the wrestling part made it known that he was interested in nothing but victory. In the end, he managed to get on his opponent's back and execute a perfect rear naked choke. With this win, Faber avoided a dismissal by his boss Dana White that would have threatened him had he lost this bout.
The ever steadfast Josh Neer probably won't be so lucky as he suffered a third consecutive defeat in the Octagon. Former TUF winner Court McGee was the better fighter on the evening in Anaheim. After an excellent bout in which McGee dominated round one and three, whereas Neer was the better fighter in the second round, the judges decided that the younger fighter should be the overall winner.
The main part of UFC 157 was opened by UFC veteran and former title contender Josh Koscheck and the newly arrived Strikeforce Robbie Lawler, who had his second fight in the world's strongest MMA promotion on the occasion. After an excellent start by Koscheck, who absolutely dominated the first round, Lawler turned things around in a major way and achieved a valuable win. The turning point was when the excellent striker landed a knee kick and followed with a cannonade of GNP strikes. Referee Dean made a timely decision to stop the fight.
All in all, UFC 157 justified fans' expectation in a big way considering its huge historical importance. You can watch a replay of the entire event on Fight Channel PPV throughout Sunday, February 24.
Ronda Rousey def Liz Carmouche by submission (Armbar, 4:49, R1)
Lyoto Machida def Dan Henderson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Urijah Faber def Ivan Menjivar by submission (Rear-Naked Choke, 4:34, R1)
Court McGee def Josh Neer by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robbie Lawler def Josh Koscheck by TKO (Punches, 3:57, R1)
Brendan Schaub def Lavar Johnson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Michael Chiesa def Anton Kuivanen by submission (Rear-Naked Choke, 2:29, R2
Dennis Bermudez def Matt Grice by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sam Stout def Caros Fodor by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Kenny Robertson def Brock Jardine by submission (Knee Bar, 2:57, R1)
Neil Magny def Jon Manley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nah-Shon Burrell def Yuri Villefort by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)