At the conclusion of the UFC on FOX 5 Pre-Fight Press Conference, UFC President Dana White officially gave Ronda Rousey the UFC women’s bantamweight title and announced she will make her first title defense against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157.
The title fight will be the main event, which the card will take place from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and will be the first ever women’s fight in the UFC.
Rousey (6-0) was signed by the UFC last month and become the first women’s fighter signed by the company. She comes over from Strikeforce, where she went 4-0 and all of her wins came in the first round and by submission.
She has fought twice in 2012 with the wins coming against Miesha Tate, which is when she won the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title and successfully defended the title earlier this year against Sarah Kaufmann.
Carmouche (7-2) is currently on a two fight winning streak, with the wins both coming in Invicta against Ashleigh Curry and Kaitlin Young. Both of those wins were by stoppage with her win over Young coming by submission in the second round.
When White announced the fight, he said they wanted Rousey to take on Cyborg but because of weight issues, it could not happen at UFC 157. The UFC is planning to have Cyborg face the winner and it will be a bantamweight bout.
He went on to say that Carmouche got the fight with Rousey because she wanted it and there are not many women that are knocking on their down and saying they want to fight her.
UFC 157 takes place on February 23rd from the Honda Center and stay tuned to TheMMAReport.com for updates on this upcoming UFC card.