UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche, Hendo vs. Machida, Faber vs. Menjivar


Las Vegas, Nevada – History will be made on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® will present its first women’s bout featuring UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against top contender Liz Carmouche.

Rousey, a former Olympian and native of Southern California, is unbeaten in her pro career at 6-0, with all of her wins coming by way of submission. In her first UFC title defense she’ll meet Carmouche, a 28-year-old U.S. Marine from San Diego who has built a reputation for her power and grit.

“Ronda is the real deal,” UFC President Dana White said. “She’s nasty. She’s mean. She’s like Chuck Liddell. She goes out there and tries to finish her opponents. And Carmouche is tough as nails, too. She was a Marine and she’s got great ground-and-pound. I look forward to having the women join the UFC.”

In addition to Rousey-Carmouche, former world champions Dan Henderson and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will collide with the winner likely to earn a light heavyweight title shot. Henderson, a former PRIDE® and Strikeforce® champion, last defeated Maurico “Shogun” Rua in what many consider to the best fight of 2011. Meanwhile, former UFC light heavyweight champion Machida knocked out Ryan Bader in August and now has his sights set on a battle with “Hendo.”

Also on the card is an exciting bantamweight contest between former WEC champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar. The two fought in 2006, with Faber scoring a disqualification victory. Now the two meet again with a chance to propel themselves into title contention at 135 pounds.

Tickets for UFC®157: ROUSEY vs. CARMOUCHE go on sale Friday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $350, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50. Fans can purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will be available at the Honda Center Box Office beginning Saturday, December 22. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.

UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Dec. 20, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this pre-sale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

UFC®157: ROUSEY vs. CARMOUCHE will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.

  • H Bomb?

    • Machida is hard to hit

    • Boring boring! 'Weak' that way please >>>>

  • UFC 139 – Hendo vs. Shogun, Faber vs. Bowles
    UFC 157 – Hendo vs. Machida, Faber vs. Menjivar

    Hendo and Faber are in match-ups which are just as good (on paper) with the difference this time being we have the addition of one of the sport's biggest talents, stars and characters in Ronda Rousey, putting on the first ever WMMA bout in the history of the UFC.

    Safe to say I am crazy hyped for February as it has this insanely top heavy card with the super stacked super bowl event as well!

  • Wonder what kind of buys this card will get. Personally, I will not be shelling out any money for this one. Should be some fun fights though.

    • @Evan why not mate? Did you buy 139?

      • 139 had the top 3best fight in history, hendo vs shogun. i defoinately see machida landing strikes on hendo alllday, and then i see menijivar beating faber

        • No one expected Hendo vs. Sogun to be the GOAT going in to it though so you can't say I bought it because it was a great fight… you can only look at the match ups on paper before it actually happens

      • I did, but I'm much more selective in the fights I purchase now. I'll only be buying 1 ppv every 2-3 months, and this one will not be making the cut.

  • Also a reassuring (and hopefully not jynxing) note for this card is that Machida, Faber and Menjivar historically don't pull form their fights (off the top of my head) and for the LHW bout Gus has seemed willing to step in if he is needed as a replacement.

    • that is true keith..i like the chances

  • waht a card hope my favorit fighter wins the dragon !!

  • So strange how they just gave Ronda a title, so very strange.

    • this is probably just the beginning. I think even Cheal should be given a belt for his efforts to hype his fights. why not?

    • well its kinda like when the 2 new divisions came from WEC
      WEC champions became automatically UFC champions
      but i agree this was a little forced

    • uhh they didnt just give her anything, u dont comprehend the situation? let me explain it slowly to you. RONDA is the #1 women mma fighter in the world, champion of strikeforce, now since there is no ufc women champ to unify the belt , they replaced her out of buisness title with her new companys ufc title seeing as she was already champ defending the belt 4 times thats why they just "gave". her the belt if carmouche was champ then they would of "gave" it to her… get it now?

      • Thanks for explaining……Dr. MMA.

      • She won the belt from Tate defended once against Kaufman.
        She is the #1 135lbd woman in the world. Cyborg is still undefeated

    • They did the same with Aldo and Cruz from the WEC , because their divisions didn't exist in the UFC . Same for Rousey

  • It's simple. White wants to get in Rousey's pants. I myself have no interest in watching "Rowdy" armbar another chick in 30 seconds, I would rather see them make out. Hendo/Machida will be epic though…..

    • Carmouche is tough, strong and hard to grapple with might be a good fight