UFC 157: Ronda Rousey (-1100) vs. Liz Carmouche (+700)
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey puts her belt on the line for the first time against the tough Liz Carmouche. Rousey entered as a massive -1,100 favorite while the comeback on Carmouche is +700.
Rousey (6-0) has taken the MMA world by storm in the last year or so, having finished all six of her opponents in the first round with an armbar submission. Her dominance in the ring is proof that Rousey is one of the the most special athletes to ever strap on a pair of four-ounce gloves.
Dana White is banking on Rousey to be the face of women’s MMA and the UFC gave her a favorable matchup in her UFC debut in Carmouche, who likes to fight on the ground which is right in Rousey’s wheelhouse. If this fight hits the mat - it’s over. But if it stays standing, who knows what Carmouche can do?
Carmouche (8-2) is being brought in as Rousey’s opponent and not many people expect her to win this fight. Carmouche is one tough chick — she was a Marine before turning to mixed martial arts as a career — but she’s going to have her hands full with Rousey.
Unfortunately for Carmouche, she’s at her best when she’s on top throwing her ground and pound, but Rousey is such a good grappler. No disrespect to Carmouche, but perhaps her best chance to win this fight is if she cuts Rousey and the doctor has to stop the fight. Otherwise, I just can’t see her winning outside of a fluke punch or an in-fight injury to Rousey.
Rousey is going to do what she does in every fight: run to her opponent clinch her, take her down with her judo, land in mount, and grab the armbar. I don’t see this fight playing out in any other way than Rousey getting her hand raised after five minutes or less at the office.
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