UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will take on Liz (Girl-Rilla) Carmouche (inset) at UFC 157 in two weeks. (ZUFFA LLC VAI GETTY IMAGES)
The UFC made history when it appointed (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey as its inaugural UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
Soon after that, it was revealed she would make her first title defence against Liz (Girl-Rilla) Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 23.
However, the initial announcement was followed by an eerie silence, as there was no mention of other female fights being booked. This left many wondering how committed the UFC was to women’s MMA and whether the division could survive should Rousey suffer her first career defeat.
But now that an April scrap between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano has been announced, a clearer picture of the division is beginning to emerge.
Rousey said she’s happy to see the naysayers proved wrong.
“I love the fact that, before this fight has even happened, they’re already scheduling more girl fights,” Rousey said on a recent conference call. “So all the people that say, ‘The outcome of this