|Written by Jamal Gordon|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:25|
The Honda Center in Anaheim California will take center stage on Saturday, February 24th, as a historic fight card will enter the octagon making for one of the most anticipated bouts in recent history. For the first time ever, women will headline the fight card as "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey will look to defend her bantamweight title against challenger Liz "Girl-Zilla" Carmouche. Lyoto "the Dragon" Machida will face Dan "Hendo" Henderson in light heavy weight action to co-headline the main event on PPV. UFC 157 odds favor Rousey as a heavy -1100 betting favorite while Machida is favored at -230.
Rousey will take the octagon having a perfect 6-0-0 record and has been promoted heavily to gain interest for the sport from women around the world. Standing in her way of fame and fortune is Carmouche who will enter the bout as an underdog despite having an 8-2-0 record with five of the eight wins by technical knock out. That being said, Rousey has been dangerous once on the floor with all six of her wins by an arm bar submission in the first round. Carmouche has the power to hurt the current bantamweight champ but will need to keep Rousey off the ground if she is to pull off the profitable upset as a +650 underdog in UFC odds for the headlined main event.
Lyota Machida vs Dan Henderson will co-headline the fight card as "the Dragon" looks for his second straight win while "Hendo" hasn't lost since Strikeforce - Nasville back in April of 2010. That being said, Henderson hasn't stepped into the octagon in nearly 15-months due to a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. His last fight resulted in a 5th round unanimous decion vs Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 (November 2011) but UFC 157 odds makers don't think the 42-year old will be able to last five rounds with "the Dragon" listing Henderson as a +180 underdog. Machida was able to fight off a loss to Jon Jones at UFC 140 in December of 2011 to deliver a flury of punches in a knock-out of Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 4 (April 2012). Lyota has the better win percentage with an 18-3-0 record but Dan has the experience with a mark of 29-8-0 for his career.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:50|