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UFC 157: Ronda Rousey makes history in first women’s title fight; Machida outlasts Henderson

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey submitted Liz Carmouche via armbar to defend her title on Saturday night. The fight marked the first women’s fight in the history of the UFC, and it turned out to be a classic.

The two fighters went after each other as soon as the opening bell rang with Rousey pressing through some punches to pin Carmouche against the cage. Rousey then dragged Carmouche to the mat, but the challenger broke free and got back to her feet before any damage could be done. Carmouche got up more quickly and seized her opportunity to take Rousey’s back. She attempted to lock in a rear-naked choke but instead decided on a face crank when Rousey managed to defend it. Rousey fought through the crank and dumped Carmouche to the mat again.

That’s where the fight’s final sequence began. Rousey slipped past Carmouche’s guard and took side control. The champion used the position to land some ground and pound, but it did little damage. She then mounted Carmouche and set up an armbar. Carmouche worked hard to defend it, but Rousey finally locked it in to force the tap out at 4:49 of the first round.

Lyoto Machida earned his shot at the light heavyweight title with a close split decision victory over Dan Henderson. Henderson was the aggressor throughout most of the bout, but his efforts weren’t enough to convince the judges that he deserved the victory. Machida won the fight by avoiding Henderson’s kicks and power shots while doing just enough damage to outpoint his opponent. He now appears set to face the winner of the upcoming Jon Jones/Chael Sonnen title fight.

In the bantamweight division, Urijah Faber bounced back from his loss to Renan Barao in spectacular fashion. The former featherweight champion recovered from an early Ivan Menjivar takedown by sweeping him and landing some ground and pound from inside his opponent’s guard. Moments later, Faber caught Menjivar in a standing choke just as he got to his feet. Menjivar had nowhere to go and was forced to tap out. With the victory, Faber should draw a top two opponent sometime this summer.

Here are the full results of UFC 157:

Ronda Rousey def. Liz Carmouch via submission (armbar) at 4:49 of the first round (Rousey retains the UFC women’s bantamweight title)

Lyoto Machida def. Dan Henderson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Urijah Faber def. Ivan Menjivar via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:34 of the first round

Court McGee def. Josh Neer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Robbie Lawler def. Josh Koscheck via TKO (punches) at 3:57 of the first round

Brendan Schaub def. Lavar Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Mike Chiesa def. Anton Kuivanen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of the second round

Dennis Bermudez def. Matt Grice via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Sam Stout def. Caros Fodor via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Kenny Robertson def. Brock Jardine via submission (kneebar) at 2:57 of the first round

Neil Magny def. Jon Manley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Nah-Shon Burrell def. Yuri Villefort via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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