As farfetched as that sounded a year ago, the beautiful master of the armbar is the headliner in tonight’s UFC 157 PPV live 10 ET. Rousey faces Liz Carmouche in a fight scheduled for five rounds inside of the Octagon.
Rousey’s meteoric rise comes as a surprise to some. One of those who were surprised was Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.
When asked if he saw a women’s division in the UFC, “never” is what White told TMZ reporters in 2011. His one-word answer was part of his consistent responses when the mere mention of women fighters in the UFC was brought up.
That is until now.
White talked about his decision to sign Rousey via latimes.com, despite his original stance.
For the 13th time the UFC will be returning to the UK with some of Britain’s top MMA practitioners set for battle inside the octagon at the Wembley Arena in London on February 16.
One of Britain’s most fearsome strikers appears on the main card of the bill as Gloucester welterweight Che Mills takes on Matthew Riddle, who appeared on The Ultimate Fighter back in 2008.
Mills, who has a record of 15 wins (eight knockouts, four submissions) and five defeats, first fought professional back in 2003 and, as he reveals, a career in MMA was not exactly the norm back then.
The 30-year-old told IBTimes: “I remember way back when I first started and everyone used to look at you like you were crazy. ‘You do that stuff? You’re mad!’ Or they looked at it like it was really barbaric. But now it’s grown so popular that you get respect from all walks of life.
While the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens take a week off preparing for the "HarBowl" the UFC takes center stage on FOX this Saturday night.
UFC on FOX 6 takes place at the United Center in Chicago and you would think Michael Jordan is running out of the tunnel again because the crowd will be going crazy all night long with the card UFC matchmaker Joe Silva lined up.
Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson puts his flyweight belt on the line against one of the most athletic fighters in the UFC, John Dodson.
There is a 99.9% chance this will be the last time we see Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the UFC and he has his hands full against the most hyped light heavyweight since Jon Jones. Glover Teixeira has won his last 17 fights and has finished 16 of them, 13 never made it to the second round.
This is the first month of 2013, but when Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone lock horns in the middle of the cage there is a good chance we could see the "Fight of the Year" in January.
Having won three consecutive contests in 2012, Karl Amoussou will fight for the Bellator welterweight world title on January 24 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
The Frenchman won the Bellator 77kg tournament final against Bryan Baker back in July, which earned him a main event title shot against undefeated champion Ben Askren.
UFC president Dana White once labelled former US Olympic wrestler Askren as “the most boring fighter in MMA history”, and fans and MMA writers have voiced their displeasure with his lay and pray tactics.
However, Amoussou not only guaranteed that their bout will be exciting, he also promised to do what no MMA practitioner has done before and that is to stop Askren.
Amoussou told IBTimes: “Ben Askren is either going to get knocked out or submitted. Askren – I know his style. Everybody knows his style. He’s a pure wrestler, he’s an amazing wrestler but people should also not forget that I’m a good judo guy. I will try to beat him at his own game.
The last UFC card of 2012 is going out with a bang. Junior dos Santos puts his heavyweight belt on the line against Cain Velasquez.
The UFC has had it's fair share of injuries this year and the bad luck didn't stop at UFC 155. Chris Weidman, Forrest Griffin, Gray Maynard, Karlos Vemola and Cody McKenzie all pulled out with injuries.
Luckily, the UFC is filled with depth and this event is still going to be a very entertaining card.
UFC 155 takes place this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Cain Velasquez remembers the night Junior dos Santos took his belt. He is hoping JDS has that same feeling after Saturday night.
Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon has the potential to be one of the better fights of 2012 that will boost the winner near the top-ten rankings in the lightweight division.
Tim Boetsch looks to win his fifth straight inside the octagon against a very underrated Constantinos Philippou.