When the former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion “The Rhino” Doug Marshall (16-6) joined the Bellator ranks last year, he was largely regarded as an old dog on his last hunt. This did not sit well with the 37-year-old Visalia, California-based fighter going into his middleweight bout against “Kolohe” Kala Hose (7-6) at Bellator 82, and he responded in kind by finishing the fight via brutal knockout just 22 seconds after the opening bell. The rousing performance set up Marshall’s place in the Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Quarter-Finals where he again played the role of underdog against “Sweet Swede” Andreas Spang (8-3). The former WEC king prevailed once more, taking out the Season 6 tourney finalist with a one-punch knockout that left him crumbled on the canvas.
The ladies made history in a big way at UFC 157 as WMMA introduced itself to the UFC fans in a fast paced and violent main event between reigning champ “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (7-0) and “Girl-Rilla” Liz Carmouche (8-3). Number 2 ranked “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (19-3) and number 1 ranked “Hendo” Dan Henderson (29-9) settled their unfinished business in the light heavyweight co-main event. Second-ranked bantamweight “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (27-6) showed the world again why he is considered to always be in line for a title shot by stopping the dangerous tenth-ranked “Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (25-10). “The Crusher” Court McGee (15-3) and “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-13-1) gave it their all to steal the show in an exciting welterweight exchange. To open the main card, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (20-9) met number 8 welterweight “Kos” Josh Koscheck (17-7) and succeeded in making an explosive return to the UFC. The obvious big winners of the night were the members of the WMMA community, but there are always a few losers of the night even when the card as a whole is a resounding success. To make that distinction, MMA Gospel offers The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Submission of the Night:
Kenny Robertson (over Brock Larson) receives $50,000
Knockout of the Night:
Robbie Lawler (over Josh Koscheck) receives $50,000
Fight of the Night:
Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice each receive $50,000
Click here for the full list of UFC 157 results.
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View @ 10:00pm ET)—
Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche: Rousey via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 4:49
Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson: Machida via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar: Faber via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 4:34
Court McGee vs. Josh Neer: McGee via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler: Lawler via TKO (Strikes), Round 1, 3:57
Saturday night the UFC will return to California’s Honda Center for UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche. On slate for action is an opening bout featuring #8 ranked welterweight “Kos” Josh Koscheck (17-6) as he faces Strikeforce standout “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (19-9). Second in the Octagon will be “The Crusher” Court McGee (14-3) against “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-12-1), followed by an anchoring bout between #3 bantamweight “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (26-6) and #10 seeded “Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (25-9). The co-main features a highly anticipated light heavyweight contest between #1 and #2 ranked light heavyweights “Hendo” Dan Henderson (29-8) and “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (18-3). Many MMA fans, however, have their eyes focused on the main event to the exclusion of all else. The first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (6-0), will face the first openly gay fighter in UFC history, “Girl-Rilla” Liz Carmouche (8-2), in the first women’s MMA bout to ever be featured in the organization.
The UFC returns to Pay-Per-View on Saturday with a battle for the newly forged UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship that currently rests around the waist of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (6-0). She will defend that inaugural title against “Girl-Rilla” Liz Carmouche (8-2) on a talent-packed card that opens with #8 welterweight “Kos” Josh Koscheck (17-6) who welcomes the returning knockout artist “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (19-9). Second out is “The Crusher” Court McGee (13-3) debuting at 170 against “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-12-1). Anchor duties fall squarely on the capable shoulders of #3 bantamweight “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (26-6) and #10 ranked “Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (25-9). Despite the hype around the UFC women’s MMA debut, the bout that many fans and pundits feel is the most significant on the card is a light heavyweight showdown between the current #1 and #2, “Hendo” Dan Henderson (29-8) and “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (18-3).
Saturday night the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (6-0) and “Girl-rilla” Liz Carmouche (8-2) lock horns as they become the first two women to compete in the Octagon as they headline UFC 157. The Honda Center in Anaheim, California will also feature light heavyweight contenders #2 ranked “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (18-3) and #1 ranked Dan Henderson (29-8) taking care of the co-main event duties. “The Crusher” Court McGee (14-3) makes the drop to 170lbs. to take on “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-12-1). In the card’s opener, #8 welterweight “Kos” Josh Koscheck (17-6) returns after a timely lay-off to welcome back knockout artist “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (19-9). In the middle of all the Pay-Per-View action, the face of the WEC and #2 ranked 135er “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (26-6) meets the division’s #10 fighter “The Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (25-9) in a bantamweight showdown.
The women will finally step into the bright lights of the UFC on Saturday as the Honda Center of Anaheim, California welcomes newly-crowned UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (6-0) and her challenger, “Girl-rilla” Liz Carmouche (8-2), to the Octagon. Shoring up the ladies is a potential light heavyweight title elimination bout between #1 ranked “Hendo” Dan Henderson (29-8) and #2 ranked “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (18-3). Holding the card down as the anchor bout is #3 bantamweight “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (26-6) as he meets the #10 ranked “Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (25-9,) and opening the action is UFC vet and Strikeforce transplant “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (19-9) against #8 welterweight “Kos” Josh Koscheck (17-6). The second bout on the main card may have been bumped up from the prelims, but it shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle as “The Crusher” Court McGee (14-3) makes his welterweight debut against “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-12-1).
Anaheim, California’s Honda Center will play host to the UFC’s first ever women’s headliner Saturday night with UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (6-0) will test her mettle as the UFC’s first female bantamweight champ when she takes on “Girl-rilla” Liz Carmouche (8-2). Title contention is in the talks for the victor when “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (18-3) meets the hard-hitting Dan Henderson (29-8) in the co-main event. “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (26-6) and “The Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (25-9) will meet again in a rematch that has been seven years in the making. “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-12-1) and “The Crusher” Court McGee (14-3) will duke it out as they try to spare themselves from tying a three-fight skid. In the main card’s opener, a knockout artist from the UFC’s past returns as “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (19-9) graces the Octagon again with “Kos” Josh Koscheck (17-6) waiting to greet him.
“Smooth” Benson Henderson (16-2) meets “The Answer” Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) once again when he puts his lightweight title on the line in the main event for UFC 150 this Saturday. Denver, Colorado’s Pepsi Center will also see “Blessed” Max Holloway (5-1) take on “The American Kid” Justin Lawrence (4-0) in the card’s opener. Buddy Roberts (12-2) replaces an injured “Toquinho” Rousimar Palhares (14-4) to take on former middleweight challenger “Thunder” Yushin Okami (26-7). Lightweight killers are set to engage in the co-main event when “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (30-10-2) and “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (18-4) collide. Among the action, “Short Fuse” Ed Herman(20-8) will gain a step up in competition when he meets former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Jake Shields (26-7-1). Both men are savvy with the submission skills but when pitted against one another, it will be a grappler’s clinic that is bound to entertain even the fair-weather fan.
Two titles were fought for Saturday night at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy in the Rose Garden of Portland, Oregon. The middleweight belt remained firmly around the waist of Luke Rockhold (10-1) after he handed Tim Kennedy (14-4) a Unanimous Decision defeat and “The Great” Nate Marquardt (32-10-2) gave “T-Wood” Tyron Woodley (10-1) a very cold welcome to the big leagues with a fourth-round KO to capture the vacant welterweight title. Roger Gracie (6-0) handed UFC veteran “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine (17-11) a lopsided beating and “The Monsoon” Lorenz Larkin (13-0) remained undefeated at the expense of veteran striker “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (19-9). Though not the most fan friendly event in Strikeforce history, the card did help to reestablish the middle- and welterweight divisions which have seen a bit of chaos with the recent trend of high profile Strikeforce fighters either moving to the UFC or otherwise compromising their position with Zuffa.