Las Vegas, Nevada - History will be made on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., as the Ultimate Fighting Championship will present its first women's bout featuring UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against top contender Liz Carmouche.
Rousey, a former Olympian and native of Southern California, is unbeaten in her pro career at 6-0, with all of her wins coming by way of submission. In her first UFC title defense she'll meet Carmouche, a 28-year-old U.S. Marine from San Diego who has built a reputation for her power and grit.
"Ronda is the real deal," UFC President Dana White said. "She's nasty. She's mean. She's like Chuck Liddell. She goes out there and tries to finish her opponents. And Carmouche is tough as nails, too. She was a Marine and she's got great ground-and-pound. I look forward to having the women join the UFC."
In addition to Rousey-Carmouche, former world champions Dan Henderson and Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida will collide with the winner likely to earn a light heavyweight title shot. Henderson, a former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion, last defeated Maurico "Shogun" Rua in what many consider to the best fight of 2011. Meanwhile, former UFC light heavyweight champion Machida knocked out Ryan Bader in August and now has his sights set on a battle with "Hendo."
Also on the card is an exciting bantamweight contest between former WEC champion "The California Kid" Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar. The two fought in 2006, with Faber scoring a disqualification victory. Now the two meet again with a chance to propel themselves into title contention at 135 pounds.
Tickets for UFC157: ROUSEY vs. CARMOUCHE go on sale Friday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $350, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50. Fans can purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will be available at the Honda Center Box Office beginning Saturday, December 22. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Dec. 20, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this pre-sale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
UFC157: ROUSEY vs. CARMOUCHE will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer's Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.