By Josh Reese
UFC 157 a success or not it was worth your eyeballs attention, the Honda Center in Anaheim, California was a sellout. 15,525 people were on hand live which totaled 1.4 million in ticket sales, an average of just under a 100 dollars a ticket ($90.17). The UFC handed out post fight bonuses of 50k each to Kenny Robertson for sub of the night which took place on the facebook card against Brock Jardine via a leglock. Robbie Lawler took home KO of the night by taking care of Josh Koscheck which took place as the opening bout on the main card. The fight of the night was damn near a fight of the year between Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice which took place on the FX portion of the undercard.
The main event between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche went just…. About the way everyone of us thought it would go, baring the very tight face crank Carmouche had on the title holder. Rousey was able to shake off Carmouche and towards the end of the round was able to lock on her signature armbar. Carmouche said in the post fight press conference “I didn’t know how much time I had left otherwise I would have just let it break to go to the 2nd round” 11 seconds is all it would have taken to make it to that seemingly impossible 2nd round. Dana White after words let it be known that the women would be ranked when the next rankings come out, no telling how far Carmouche will fall but it’s likely she could hang around the top 10.
The Co-main event featured the Light Heavyweight number 1 contender Dan Henderson and top contender Lyoto Machida. After 3 rounds of Machida’s “smart” game plan of his unique in and out style that seemed to somewhat confuse the powerful Henderson. Machida ended up taking home the split decision, before the fight it was said winner gets champion Jon Jones, although post fight White seemed noncommittal saying that Machida is next in line for a shot but would not say that shot was his.
Pulling sandwich duty tonight was 2 top 10 fighters in Ivan Menjivar and Urijah Faber, Menjivar opened early tossing good shots and getting a very good toss. Faber however was able to switch positions and moments later was able to pull of a very sweet transition and lock in a RNC while Menjivar was on his feet. With Faber’s win he was able to make sure his friends and family were able to sleep better by not giving White a chance to cut him. Whites comments earlier in the week had a media firestorm by saying Faber should be worried, but he anit worried tonight and in fact he may have locked up a rematch with the champ.
Below are the official results of the card
Women’s Bantamweight – Ronda Rousey (7-0) (c) def. Liz Carmouche (7-3) – Submission (armbar) 1st (4:49)
Light Heavyweight – Lyoto Machida (19-3) def. Dan Henderson (29-9) -Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight – Urijah Faber (27-6) def. Ivan Menjivar (25-10) – Submission (rear-naked choke) 1st (4:34)
Welterweight – Court McGee (14-3) def. Josh Neer (33-13-1) – Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight – Robbie Lawler (20-9-1NC) def. Josh Koscheck (17-7) – TKO (punches) 1st (3:57)
Preliminary Card (FX)
Heavyweight – Brendan Schaub (9-3) def. Lavar Johnson (17-7) – Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight – Michael Chiesa (9-0) def. Anton Kuivanen (17-6) – Submission (rear-naked choke) 2nd (2:29)
Featherweight – Dennis Bermudez (10-3) def. Matt Grice (15-5) – Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight – Sam Stout (19-8-1) def. Caros Fodor (7-3) – Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Welterweight – Kenny Robertson (12-2) def. Brock Jardine (9-3) – Submission (kneebar)
Welterweight – Neil Magny (8-1) def. Jon Manley (7-2) – Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Catchweight (175.8 lbs.) – Nah-Shon Burrell (9-2) def. Yuri Villefort (6-2) – Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)