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UFC 157 Main Card Results: Ronda Makes History

The UFC celebrated a major milestone inside Anaheim‘s Honda Center Saturday night, as women entered the Octagon for the first time, with Strikeforce‘s Ronda Rousey defending her bantamweight belt against Liz Carmouche. The bout packed the house and garnered major mainstream media attention, but in the end ”“ as always ”“ it all comes down to sport, and after a competitive start, Rousey showed on her biggest stage to date why she‘s the best in the world. Ronda Rousey vs. Liz CarmoucheAll six of Ronda Rousey‘s pro and three amateur fights to date had gone the same way: The Olympic-medaling judoka rushed across the cage, tripped her foes to the mat, then slapped on a game-ending armbar. In fact, Miesha Tate is the only woman to have made it out of the first minute with Rousey. Ultra-tough competitor and Marine Corps veteran Liz Carmouche changed things up in the main event and made Rousey fight, but in the end, Rousey defended her belt, earning a submission win at 4:49 of the first round ”“ by armbar. Carmouche defended the charging Rousey takedown attempt with punches and a sprawl. When Rousey finally dragged things to the mat, Carmouche used wrestling to get back to her feet, taking Rousey‘s back along the way. Carmouche had both hooks in on a standing Rousey, and worked for a rear-naked choke that turned into an ugly neck crank. Rousey looked to be in danger, but finally shook Carmouche off over her head. Carmouche upkicked but stayed on the mat, and from then the fight was squarely back in Rousey‘s world.Rousey punched through and dropped into a high side control, hooking Carmouche‘s head into place with her right arm while punching with her left. As Carmouche tried to kick upward and make space with her legs, she wound up setting Rousey up for her signature move. Though Carmouche defended well, holding on to her own arms and pushing Rousey back with her legs, eventually Rousey got both arms under one of Carmouche‘s, leaned back, and got the tap. The 7-0 Rousey now holds the honor of being the first female to win inside the UFC Octagon. Carmouche drops to 7-3 ”“ her only losses coming in Strikeforce and the UFC ”“ but holds a no less crucial place in UFC history. Rousey sent two important messages to female competitors in her post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. First, that no amount of media would keep her from winning. And second: “Next time, bigger bra,” she said, referring to the near-wardrobe malfunctions she underwent during some of the scrambles with Carmouche. Lyoto Machida vs. Dan HendersonTwo former champions ”“ one from UFC, one from Strikeforce and PRIDE… Two Californians ”“ one by way of Salvador, Brazil”¦ Two knockout artists with wildly different styles ”“ one a karate expert, the other an Olympic-caliber wrestler”¦ The light heavyweight matchup between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Dan Henderson had all of the makings of an epic clash, if not a fairly successful Hollywood buddy comedy. In the end, it was more of an understated, international art house film that closed with Machida getting the split decision win after three rounds of evasive footwork ”“ in other words, the type of ending that sent audiences home debating who really did what.“Hendo” wound up and Machida swatted, keeping his distance with his unique karate-inspired style. This configuration varied little throughout the round, as each time Henderson swung, Machida backed off and stayed out of danger. The two traded more leg kicks than strikes, with Henderson landing more of the low kicks while Machida scored a kick square to Henderson‘s mid-section. When Henderson did connect, Machida quickly clinched, then separated again. Henderson tied up in the center of the cage in  search of a takedown, but it was Machida who completed it, landing ground-and-pound from mount at the end of the round. The standoff continued in two, with Hendo stalking and Machida evading. Machida made it inside for a few punches, and landed a couple of knees, a high kick and a spinning back kick. Hendo pointed mostly with leg kicks, and as he grew increasingly frustrated, he chased Machida from end-to-end of the Octagon, throwing his signature right hands, all of which Machida blocked with an almost-smile. After more defused H-bombs and eating a body kick, Hendo finally got things to the ground about 90 seconds into the third. But Machida tied up easily inside a powerful guard that gave Henderson little room to work. Eventually Machida made his way back to the feet, then landed leg kicks as he seemingly taunted Henderson Diaz-style. Scores for the resoundingly-booed Machida were 29-28 twice and 28-29. The victory bumps him to 19-3 and, in all likelihood, a title shot against the winner of UFC 159‘s Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen. Henderson slips to 29-9.Watch Machida’s post-fight interviewUrijah Faber vs. Ivan MenjivarUrijah Faber stopped Canadian veteran Ivan Menjivar in front of “The California Kid‘s” ecsta…

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