Ronda Rousy’s UFC debut with Liz Carmouche was just like a regular day in the office. Though the champion seemed to be troubled in the early goings of the fight, Rousy finished the fight with her signature arm-bar submission. It was pretty impressive that she was still able to secure the arm bar even if Carmouche had her back looking to upset with a rear-naked choke. It’s also interesting to note that this win is Rousy’s seventh straight arm-bar victory (ninth straight, if you count her amateur fights).
Rousy’s statement victory might be a sign of things to come in the Octagon. While the Rousy-Carmouche fight looked pretty impressive, UFC would need to fight more female fighters to fill up the ranks. With MMA’s popularity all over the world, I’m sure that there are a lot of available female fighters out there, but UFC would have to make sure that they market and promote their female fighters the same way they would promote the likes of Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva or Jon Jones.
Female fighters in the mainstream might sound a bit alienating to some at this point, but I think as an organization, UFC is on the right track of elevating the status of female talents in the fight business.
In the co-main event, Lyoto Machida managed to squeeze out a split decision win over Dan Henderson. The three judges saw it 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 for Machida.