Following the UFC 157’s post-fight presser held in Anaheim, C.A. this past Saturday, reporters caught up with Dana White as he discussed his thoughts on Ronda Rousey versus Liz Carmouche being the greatest women’s fight ever in the history of combat sports.Â
Rousey defeated Carmouche by armbar in the very first round of the main event, but it was not without hardship, as Carmouche nearly finished her in the opening frame of the bout with a standing rear naked choke that seemed to be very tight. Still, Rousey proved once again that she is a star and the baddest woman in the world at 135 pounds. Carmouche looked impressive as well, giving Rousey her toughest test yet and proving to be a top contender in the division.
As far as sales, White said it was the biggest women’s pay- per-view of all time. Prior to the event, Laila Ali versus Jacqui Frazier held the record for most pay-per-view buys in woman’s boxing; according to White, Saturday night blew the record out of the water.
Before the bout a lot of people were complaining that the main event should have been Dan Henderson versus Lyoto Machida rather than Rousey and. Carmouche, but with the event selling out for a gate that surpassed the fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos at that same venue, and the fight being as exciting as it was, those people are probably wishing they could that statement back.
Because UFC 157 was so successful, expect a lot of new talent to be coming out in women’s MMA. Rousey and Carmouche’s battle will inspire women to either continue or begin training in the sport. This is the beginning of a huge draw, and don’t expect the hype to stop anytime soon. Women’s MMA is here to stay.