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FIGHT NIGHT: UFC 157 Watching History

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Posted February 25, 2013 by Kelly Gresser in Articles
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Would there be a first round tap out due to an arm bar, would Carmouche be the first to test Rousey’s chin? It all went down Saturday night.  “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey with a track record of 6 first round arm bar submissions vs. Liz Carmouche, the well rounded ex-marine. The main event was the highlight of the night as the first ever women’s fight in the UFC, but the rest of the card was pretty darn awesome as well.

Kenny Robertson vs. Brock Jardine

The night started with a welterweight fight between Kenny Robertson and Brock Jardine.  After a takedown and a few shifts in control Robertson finished the fight with Jardine submitting to a kneebar. Not a common move, but geesh was it effective in the first round.

 


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Sam Stout vs. Caros Fodor

Both men were coming off losses and wanting to show up in a big way.  They both came out strong with Fodor landing punches early.  Stout was able to back Fodor up by landing a few good punches and he remained a bit timid throughout the second and third rounds. The fight was won by split decision by Stout.  With the UFC handing out pink slips like it’s going out of style it will be interesting to see if Fodor gets another fight or joins the ranks of unemployed fighters.  If he is unemployed he could always be an Ink Masters model.

Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice

If you didn’t see this fight, please go to YouTube immediately after reading this article. Both men came out swinging. Unfortunately for Bermudez Grice can eat punches all day long.  At the end of the second round Bermudez had Grice in a deep head and arm lock, but Grice was saved as time expired. In the third round both were game, but Grice took the brunt of the punishment. He looked like he went out at least 6 times before the end of the fight, but kept coming back. The fight went to Bermudez in a unanimous decision, but both men got the Fight of the Night bonus. Hard way to make a buck!

In an interview with UFC.com both fighters had a bit to say about their fight. “That was insane,” said Bermudez. “I had that battle inside me where I maybe could have quit but I won that battle and from there got back into the fight. I had him badly hurt but he just kept throwing big hooks as if I hadn’t spent the last thirty seconds beating on him. He’s crazy. It was an honor to fight that guy.” Grice returned the praise for his opponent: “I’ve got so much respect for Dennis as a person and a fighter after that. God blessed me with a hard head, but he blessed Dennis with a hard head, too.”

Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen

First off, could someone please explain to Chiesa that a tattoo of your name across your shoulders is NEVER necessary? Including this fight Chiesa has finished seven of his last nine fights by submission. This time it was a rear naked choke in the second that got the better of Kuivanen.

Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub

Raise your hand if you agree this was the worst fight of the night.  Ok, put your hand down and thanks for the cooperation. Both men combine for a fight record that has only gone to a judges’ decision once in thirty-four outings. Why Schaub picked tonight to sluggishly grapple his way to victory remains a mystery, but that was fifteen minutes of fighting fans really didn’t need to see. Schaub was smart to change it up when he knew his chin would be tested by Johnson, but his ground game was pretty mediocre. Johnson’s ground game doesn’t exist.

Robby Lawler vs. Josh Koscheck

Koscheck tried to wrestle his was to victory, but Lawler had other ideas. Lawler used his incredible power to convince Herb Dean to call a TKO in the first round. Some may say Dean called the fight early, but he was there to uphold the fighters’ safety at all costs. Do you always need to see an unconscious man if you know it is going to happen? Koscheck’s brain cells thank you, Herb! With this win Lawler has put the rest of the welterweight division on notice that he is a serious contender.

Court McGee vs. Josh Neer

In his welterweight debut McGee completely overwhelmed Neer landing the most significant strikes in the history of a UFC welterweight  fight. 234 significant strikes secured a unanimous decision for Court McGee. Coming into this both men had a two fight loosing streak going, so Josh Neer, you and your Neer tramp stamp may be getting a pink slip soon.

Urijah “The California Kid” Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar

Faber’s performance in his return to the octagon was just fabulous; Menjivar’s while effort seemed a bit lacking. The California crowd and the rest of the watching world was ecstatic to see Faber execute a great standing rear naked choke that had Menjivar tap quickly in the first round. This is the first time Menjivar has been forced to tap out in over a decade. Faber retire? Not any time soon! Faber also continues his streak of a submission victories after every loss. You’d think his opponents would have caught on by now.

Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida

All the hype, all the expectations, all the… letdowns.

Both men seemed to respect their opponent just a little too much.  Machida kept darting in and out, not letting Henderson set up his striking game. While watching Machida run wasn’t fun, why wasn’t Henderson prepared to catch him? The fight wasn’t a surprise, he knew his opponent.  In a split decision this fight went to Lyoto Machida, who in doing nothing, made Henderson play his chase game. Fans don’t worry, per an interview with MMAFighting.com,  Dana White agrees with you, saying:

“A spectacular fight. Tons of action from bell to bell. No. The fight didn’t live up to the hype.”

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HISTORY WAS MADE! Two women fought in the UFC octagon! Liz Carmouche, the only openly homosexual fighter, was the only woman who even wanted to fight Ronda Rousey,  challenged Ronda Rousey for her bantamweight title. She’s got balls, and we, the fans, love that!  Both women started fast with major strikes. Rowdy was in trouble early as Carmouche put her in a standing rear naked choke that would have had most fighters tap out, but Ronda defended perfectly  and took the fight to the ground. We learned quickly that Carmouche can definitely take a punch. WOW! Rousey tried to ground and pound Carmouche for a while, but found the ex-marine was just too tough to pound out. Carmouche tried to defend on the ground and escape, but with 11 seconds left Ronda Rousey got her trademark arm bar submission. Rousey defended her belt just as everyone said she would and arm bared herself into history. Much respect to two tough women breaking down doors for others to follow. True role models.

 

if they have a dream, pursue it with all your heart. @iamgirilla

 

 

(Photo Credit: Be sure and sauce @raulroa, @solo_mma and @casekeefer a follow on twitter for use of photos!)

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