Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche turned out to be the perfect storm
From the start, UFC 157 was themed as a night that would be making history. And no matter what happened Saturday night when Ronda Rousey made her first defense of the newly- created UFC women’s bantamweight title, that wasn’t going to be an overstatement. The only question is what that history was going to be.
There may be bigger fights this year, in the sense that they sell more tickets and do more pay-per-views. In fact, there will be one in just three weeks, when Georges-St. Pierre faces Nick Diaz. But 20 years from now, unless the company can finally produce the elusive Anderson Silva dream match with St-Pierre or Jon Jones, Saturday night’s main event from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., will be the most historically significant fight of the year...
UFC 157 draws estimated 15,525 attendance and $1.4 million gate
Saturday's historic UFC 157 event scored an announced attendance of 15,525 and a live gate of $1.4 million.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the estimated totals following the event, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Official figures will be available from the California State Athletic Commission in the coming days. White said the event was a sell-out...
Want to avoid a pink slip? Fight like UFC 157's Matt Grice, White says
UFC roster space is at a premium like never before. Jon Fitch – arguably the third greatest welterweight in UFC history – was a high-profile casualty this past week as officials confirmed they'll be trimming their their roster by a hundred or so fighters.
That made for some nervous fighters at Saturday's UFC 157 event, including Matt Grice. But though the fighter lost for the second time in his past three fights (and fell to 2-5 overall in the organization), his job is safe...
White: Jose Aldo doesn't want to fight Anthony Petttis in August
Shortly after UFC On Fox 6, the UFC surprised many by announcing a cross-divisional fight featuring Anthony Pettis challenging Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title. Pettis was coming off first round finishes over highly ranked Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon, but was willing to drop to 145 to fight Aldo. While there was some controversy, the anticipation overrode most complaints.
However, following the UFC 157 press conference Dana white revealed to Ariel Helwani that the 145 lb. champ didn't like the match up
UFC 157 results / analysis - Rousey wins via R1 armbar (again), but not without adversity
ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was déjà vu all over again, just on a much bigger stage.
In yet another dominant performance – though certainly with a very testy moment early – in a groundbreaking moment in sports history, Ronda Rousey did it again. The first UFC women's bantamweight champion stopped Liz Carmouche with – you guessed it – a first-round armbar in the first women's fight in UFC history.
The women's bantamweight title bout was the main event of Saturday's UFC 157 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
UFC 157 Weigh In Results
ANAHEIM, Calif. – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) is on scene and reporting live from today's official UFC 157 fighter weigh-ins.
The festivities take place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and the first fighter is on the scale at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).
In addition to live text-only results here, you can watch a live video stream of the proceedings on the MMAjunkie.com homepage.
Honda Center also hosts Saturday's event, which features a pay-per-view headliner with newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche, as well as light-heavyweight contender Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida.
The full UFC 157 weigh-in results include:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Ronda Rousey (134.6) vs. Liz Carmouche (133.6) - for women's bantamweight title
Dan Henderson (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (202)
Urijah Faber (136) vs. Ivan Menjivar (135.6)
Court McGee (170) vs. Josh Neer (171)
Josh Koscheck (171) vs. Robbie Lawler (171)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Lavar Johnson (255) vs. Brendan Schaub (243)
Mike Chiesa (156.2) vs. Anton Kuivanen (156)
Dennis Bermudez (145) vs. Matt Grice (145)
Caros Fodor (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Brock Jardine (170) vs. Kenny Robertson (170)
Neil Magny (171) vs. Jon Manley (171)
Nah-Shon Burrell (175.8)* vs. Yuri Villefort (170)
* Burrell elected to give a percentage of his purse to Villefort and the fight will be at a catch weight of 175.8 pounds.
UFC boss: We 'have to make' Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones
While the once-prevalent "superfight" talk has died down in recent weeks, UFC President Dana White still hungers for perhaps the biggest one of all: UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva.
While in the Los Angeles area for this week's UFC 157 event, White joined UFC commentator Joe Rogan on his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience."
During an extended chat about the organization, White reiterated his desire for a Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) vs. Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) bout. Although there are no immediate plans, White said as far as back as October that he "guarantees" the fight will happen at some point.
"I have to make him and f---ing Jones happen," White said. I have to make that happen."
"… What Anderson really talks about – he fucks with me a lot – but he wants big fights. He wants big fights."
Steven Siler announces UFC 159 fight with Jimy Hettes
A featherweight bout between Steven Siler (21-10 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Jimy Hettes (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to April's UFC 159 event.
Siler today announced via Twitter that he's signed a bout agreement for the fight.
UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a headliner between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Siler vs. Hettes, which initially was expected to take place this past June at UFC on FX 4 before Hettes was forced off the card with an injury, likely will be part of the prelims.
The latest UFC 159 card includes:
Champ Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - for light-heavyweight title
Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller
Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
Nick Catone vs. James Head
Jimy Hettes vs. Steven Siler
Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor
Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
Maynard-Grant, Nurmagomedov-Trujillo added to UFC 160 in May
Two more bouts have been booked for the rapidly growing UFC 160 card this May.
Lightweights T.J. Grant (20-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Gray Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) have been booked for the promotion's annual Memorial Day weekend card, as will Khabib Nurmagomedov (19-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (10-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC). UFC officials announced the fights late Wednesday.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
UFC 157 preview: 23 facts about 'Rousey vs Carmouche Event'
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits "The Heart of Orange County" for the first time since Nov. 2011 as UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" goes down this Saturday night (Feb. 2, 2013) from Anaheim, California.
The first-ever women's Bantamweight championship bout serves as the main event as Ronda Rousey puts her 135-pound belt on the line for the first time against Liz Carmouche. Several other intriguing mixed martial arts (MMA) match ups are scheduled for the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, featuring the likes of Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida, Urijah Faber, Josh Koscheck and more.
With the event just days away and anticipation growing for the historic PPV event, let's take a few minutes to review some event-related facts about UFC 157.
Check them out:
1.) Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche is the first PPV main event in ZUFFA-era UFC history where both fighters will make their Octagon debuts.
2.) After winning four of his first five UFC fights by decision, four of Lyoto Machida's last five UFC victories are by knockout.
3.) Faber has rebounded from every loss in his career with a submission victory. He has also never lost two-straight fights.