Ronda Rousey will defend her women's bantamweight title against challenger Liz Carmouche on Saturday night at UFC 157 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Both Rousey and Carmouche will be making their UFC debuts, though Rousey comes into the octagon with an incredible amount of hype.
Rousey, 26, was raised in Venice, California and appeared in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in judo, and obtained the Strikeforce championship back in March of last year by an arm bar submission to Miesha Tate.
Saturday's matchup will be the second title defense for Rousey after she prevailed against Sarah Kaufman in August. After improving to 6-0 and winning all of her professional bouts by first round submission, she was promoted to UFC and will now take on a formidable challenger in Carmouche.
Carmouche grew up in Japan, and is well trained in Kenpo and Jiu-Jitsu, as she came from a military family. The 29-year-old's last bout resulted in a rear-naked chokehold submission in July against Kaitlin Young, which earned her a No. 6 ranking in the 135-point division, and a chance at Rousey's title.
Rousey's explosive blows as well as Carmouche's ground and pound strategy should make for an interesting battle. Rousey's average fight only lasts for 1:36 while Carmouche's is at a standard 12:15.
CLICK HERE to watch UFC 157 via live stream. Coverage of the Rousey vs. Carmouche fight will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. The tale of the tape can be viewed below.
Tale Of The Tape:
Weight: 133 lbs.
Reach: 65 inches
Reach: 66 inches
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