On February 23, about an hour and a half from Victorville, California, history will be made. Ronda Rousey, the face of women's MMA, will fight Liz Carmouche in the first ever women’s match in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. No woman has ever fought for the UFC, but on February 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Rousey and Carmouche will face each other in the main event of UFC 157.
Rousey, who was given the championship belt for her dominance in women’s MMA, has looked unbeatable in her matches. She has finished every single opponent she has ever faced in MMA with an armbar in the first round. Only one of her opponents has escaped the first minute of the match.
Before going into MMA, Rousey trained and competed in judo. Her mother, Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, was an accomplished judo competitor herself. Rousey competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and won a bronze medal.
Liz Carmouche is a former Marine. In her MMA career, she has fought notable opponents such as Marloes Coenen, Sarah Kaufman, and Kaitlin Young.
In the co-main event of UFC 157, Victor Valley High School’s Dan Henderson will fight former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida.
Fans of the UFC can learn more about Rousey and Carmouche by watching UFC 157 Primetime.