According to a Jan. 26 report from MMA Junkie, UFC female bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey will be showcased on HBO's award-winning "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," in advance of her Feb. 23 UFC 157 pay-per-view fight against Liz Carmouche.
The "Real Sports" show is expected to focus heavily on Rousey's quick rise to fame, which has been aided by her good looks and fan/media interaction.
"I probably get more attention fighting because of how I look, but if I didn't how to fight and just looked the way I do, no one would know who I am," she said in a preview clip of the episode.
Rousey's appearance on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" will air on Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Four days later, Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will become the first female fighter to enter the UFC octagon when she meets title challenger Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the headlining slot on pay-per-view at UFC 157, which takes place Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
"Real Sports," currently in its 19th season, is one of the most critically acclaimed programs of its genre and has won numerous awards for its investigative and enterprise reporting.
It's spotlight on Rousey is further proof that women's mixed martial arts is here to stay, and not just a gimmicky sport like lingerie football league.
MMA fans can check out Rousey on Twitter @rondarousey, and watch her fight on pay-per-view on Feb. 23. Rousey is a 12-to-1 favorite to defeat Carmouche at UFC 157.