Thursday, February 21, 2013
Saturday night marks the first time that a women's MMA fight will happen in the UFC octagon. Ronda Rousey will take on Liz Carmouche for the Women's Bantamweight Championship...and nobody seems to particularly care. Why? It's not because women's MMA is boring. It can incredibly exciting and I have enjoyed Rousey's previous matches. The problem with it is that at the moment, women's MMA in the UFC seems to be portrayed as a novelty. If you look at the Women's MMA rankings, Rousey is a very high name, but her opponent Liz Carmouche is not. In fact, the Women's Bantamweight division has only six fighters, including champion Ronda Rousey. I personally think that before you start to have fights in that particular weight class (yet alone a title fight) you should have some depth to the division. So while I think a women's title fight is not out of the question, I do not believe that it is the right time for it.
There also seems to be a backlash at the main event because of the co-main event. In the main event is a title fight that nobody seems to care too much about and features a champion that will more than likely win the fight, but the co-main event features a battle for the ages. The Light-Heavyweight fight will most likely determine the next title contender as both men were promised title shots after their last win. Lyoto Machida was overlooked (and unrightfully so) for previous Middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen. Dan Henderson was set for a title fight against Jon Jones but was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury. So both men are fighting for the title shot. This is a very important fight for both fighters. Lyoto Machida started his career very strong, but has been on a hot and cold streak as of late, so he is fighting in order to stay relevant and show he is really as illusive as people say he is. Dan Henderson is an absolute legend in MMA. While his championship accomplishments have been accomplished outside of the UFC (minus his early tournament championship), he is responsible for arguably the greatest fight in UFC history (against Shogun) and the greatest knockout in UFC history (against Michael Bisping). Unfortunately, Hendo is also 42 years old. His time and ability to compete in MMA is running short. His accomplishments in MMA is a long list, but the long lasting empty spot on that list is a UFC championship belt. This is his last chance to gain that glory and, in my humble opinion, become one of the top five greatest fighters of all time.
There are many other great fights on the card that includes Uriah Faber still trying to prove he is a relevant Bantamweight contender as well as the long awaited octagon return of Robbie Lawler. With that said, here are my picks for this Saturday:
Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche - Rousey Sub 1st
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida - Henderson Dec
Ivan Menjivar vs. Urijah Faber - Faber Dec
Court McGee vs. Josh Neer - McGee Sub 2nd
Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler - Lawler TKO 3rd
Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub - Johnson TKO 1st
Sam Stout vs. Caros Fodor - Stout Dec
Mike Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen - Chiesa Sub 2nd
Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice - Grice Dec
Neil Magny vs. Jon Manley - Manley Dec
Brock Jardine vs. Kenny Robertson - Robertson TKO 2nd
Nan-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort - Burrell TKO 2nd
KOTN - Johnson
SOTN - Rousey
FOTN – Machida vs. Henderson
May the best fighter win!