What is up MMA fans? Tom Robinson here with my thoughts and reactions to last night’s UFC 157. This event made history as it featured the first ever main event – headlined by women. A boost for women’s MMA and women’s sports in general this was the world’s chance to see the rare privilege of Miss Armbar herself. 6 armbar submission wins the first round of all of her fights. Ronda Rousey. Would her dominance in MMA continue in UFC against Liz Carmouche, a lethal hard-hitter?
But first, I watched the preliminary fights on Facebook. And the Brock Jardine vs Kenny Robertson fight really stood out in particular. Why? Simply because of how it ended – a lethal submission in the first round. But check out this submission:
An unusual but effective way to end the fight! That looks… SICK!
Anyway, THE MAIN CARD!
Robbie Lawler Makes An Effective Comeback With A TKO In The First Round
Lalwer made his return to the UFC, and in impressive fashion. A TKO in the first round after a furious bunch of blows to Koscheck. Many, along with Joe Rogan, may think that referee Herb Dean ended the fight to early and though Josh could still go on. BUT, I think even if Dean let in go on for a while longer, Lawler would still have delivered a lot more punishment considering the position Josh was at the time the fight was brought to an end. I think he was right to bring to an end when he did. A dominating display by Lawler and good way to make a return to UFC.
Court McGee And Josh Neer Go The Distance Despite McGee’s Dominance In The First Round
I’m TRULY amazed by the fact that Josh Neer lasted the entire fight. I’m amazed McGee never finished him in the first round. He landed more than 100 strikes to Neer (more than 300 in the fight’s entirety), and surely would have noticed Neer feeling his stomach after he delivered several brutal blows to the stomach near the end of the first round.McGee failed to capitalize on the wounded gut and in the 2nd round, nearly paid for it after Neer hit jab after jab starting to build momentum and nearly caused trouble for McGee. But in the third round, McGee’s onslaught was just too much for the veteran Neer. BUT, I’m not gonna take anything away for Josh Neer. The fact that he withstood that amount of punishment and finished the fight is really incredible. He’s got really good endurance and despite not winning, he shouldn’t be disheartened. That was a great effort.
Faber submits Menjivar in the first round to solidify his claim for a bantamweight title fight
To be honest, a little disappointed the fight ended as it did. I really wanted to see these two go the distance, considering their first fight years ago ended in a disqualification. But, Faber was impressive and the California Kid showed why he was worthy of a bantamweight shot in the future impressively choking out Menjivar after some sweet transitions which led to the choke.
Lyoto Machida Defeats Dan Henderson In A Fight Which Upsets The Fans
The fans were really upset with how this fight went down. Machida was a little resistant and patient before engaging with Henderson, but sometimes, those who are patient are those who come out on top. I mean, this is what Machida does. Yes, it pisses off the fans when he acts a little less eagerness, but that’s only because Machida is such a smart fighter. I mean near the end of the first round, Lyoto cleverly scored a takedown on Hendo which completly took him off guard. Slowly, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida picked up the points which led to his victory by split decision. But, it WAS a close fight. When Henderson did get in shots, they were lethal. And he was able to score a takedown in the third round, but only really because Machida’s own momentum sent him to the ground. I’m not gonna argue with the decision. Lyoto deservingly won here. And it’s a great boost for Lyoto’s career. I’m a big fan of “The Dragon”. He was heavily booed last night, but he’s an impressive fighter, and I’d like to see him get another shot at the Light-Heavyweight Championship he once held.
Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche – Rousey And Carmouche Make UFC History
IT’S TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME! The first ever women’s fight in UFC, and it ended in 1 round, but DAMN! It was one of the most explosive first rounds I’ve ever seen. Liz certainty showed she couldn’t be taken lightly, and really took it to the champion Rousey. Rousey was in serious trouble when Liz got her in the choke. That might have been the time in Ronda Rousey’s MMA career that she was in danger of losing the fight. Somehow, Ronda saved herself from being choked, and she didn’t hold anything back. She messed up Lizzy big time while in control, and… surprise, surprise… Ronda Rousey won the fight with an armbar submission… in the first round… for the 7th fight in a row.
How impressive is Ronda Rousey? She must be like the daughter of Chuck Norris or something. She is just destroying anyone in her path. Actually, this wasn’t that much of a destruction. She nearly lost in the first round with that choke from Carmouche. But, as a fighting champion should, she pulled through, and showed the world, that she is not the woman to mess with – unless you want putting in a painful armbar. What a way to kick off women’s MMA in UFC, and what a champion to lead the division. It was a really good night of UFC action, and we’ve had explosive submissions, epic TKOs and some great fighting by some amazing individuals. Great Event!