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The UFC is expanding to places they have never been when UFC 157 rolls around on February 3 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. For the first time, they will feature a women’s championship match, and it will be the main event of the evening.
Ronda Rousey will take on Liz Carmouche for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
Rousey was the first American woman to ever win a medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics, when she claimed bronze back in 2008 in Beijing. She ranks as the pound-for-pound No.1 women’s MMA fighter in the world according to MMAWeekly.
Rousey has never lost in her career, and signed with UFC back in November of last year to get this fight in motion.
As for Carmouche, she is a former Strikeforce and Invicta fighter who ranks No.6 in the Bantamweight division. Carmouche is 8-2 in her career with her last loss coming in July of 2011. Since then, she has won back-to-back fights, last competing in July of 2012.
Bovada Sportsbook has formed UFC 157 Betting Odds for this matchup, as well as the rest of the fights on the card for that night. Rousey is a huge favorite over Carmouche, paying out -1100 on the moneyline. That means bettors would have to risk $1100 to profit $100. On the other side of the betting line Carmouche is going off at +650, or 6.5 to 1.
There are three other fights on the main fight card for UFC 157. Just before the main event battle, Lyoto Machida will match up with Dan Henderson in a Light Heavyweight showdown. This is the closest fight in terms of the betting line. Machida is a -230 favorite, while Henderson comes in on the other side, but only at +180.
The other two main fight card bouts at UFC 157 include Urijah Faber taking on Ivan Menjivar in a men’s Bantamweight bout. Faber is always a big draw for a crowd as one of the most popular fighters in the sport. And he is an assertive favorite to win this fight, paying out -375 to win, which is nearly 1 to 4 on the moneyline. Menjivar is set at +285, which is almost a 3 to 1 payout.
A welterweight matchup between Josh Koscheck and Robbie Lawler is also on the main card. Koscheck is a big favorite set at -500 on the payout on UFC betting odds, or 1 to 5. Lawler is slated at +350, or 3.5 to 1, so you can certainly see the disparity.
The fight card for UFC 157 is actually quite compelling, obviously highlighted by the women’s matchup in the main event.
UFC 157 will air on Saturday, February 23 with the first event on the main card set to start at 9:30pm ET.