One month ago, the women in the U.S. watched as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs erased the barrier that had prevented them from fighting on the battlefront. Today, three women in two of America’s favorite professional sports will break barriers as they face their own battles.
The first two women are professional MMA fighters Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche. These women will break into the history books as they fight for the World Bantamweight Championship Title as the main event of UFC 157 scheduled to be held on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 on pay-per-view. The fight launches the UFC's long anticipated women’s division.
Ronda Rousey, 26, at 5’7” and 135lbs enters the ring with a professional MMA record of 6-0-0. Rousey a former Olympic Gold Medal Champion is the current champion. Liz Carmouche, 29, at 5’ 6” and 135lbs and holds a professional MMA record of 7-2-0 is a U.S. Marine.
Rousey has a strong background in Judo and among her many talents is known for her ability to perform a painful, early fight finishing “arm bar”. Carmouche’s is expected to use her strength and her “ground and pound” skills to hurt Rousey. Both women are well rounded fighters who have the ability to finish a fight. Rousey may have more experience and polishing but the grit and seemingly cool under pressure nature of Carmouche make her a worthy opponent.
The last is Danica Patrick, the “Queen of Nascar”. Patrick will race in the Daytona 500 set to take place this Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m EST. Patrick starts the race as the first woman in the “pole” position (first place).
So who will be victorious Rousey or Carmouche on Saturday night to become the UFC’s first female World Bantamweight Champion? Can Danica Patrick continue to make history at the Daytona 500 and become the first woman to win it? The only thing certain is the desire these women have to win.