History will be made Saturday night when new UFC darling Ronda Rousey (who I wrote more about here) takes on Liz “Girlzilla” Carmouche in the first ever Women’s fight in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. While this is the most anticipated fight on the card, there are others, featuring well known fighters, that should be very interesting to see.
Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar
Ivan “The Pride of El Salvador” Menjivar is a very tough and experience fighter. I give him a slight chance in this fight, but in the end, I think Urijah “The California Kid” Faber will prevail. Faber is known for his outstanding cardio, and because of this, I think that it is imperative that he speeds up this fight. Faber will work to push the pace and make Menjivar work from his heels. The California Kid will need to mix it up by attempting some takedowns, because he has a good advantage if the fight is taken to the ground. Menjivar knows this and will try and keep things on their feet. Prediction: Urijah Faber by Unanimous Decision.
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida
Of the three fights, this one is by far, the toughest for me to predict. In one corner, you have Dan Henderson. 42 years old, but can still hit as hard as anyone, and take a punch from the best as well. In the other corner, there is Lyoto Machida. Machida has struggled as of late, losing 3 of his last 5 bouts. It is tough to hold that against him though, as his three loses have come to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Shogun Rua, and the Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Machida is still a very good fighter, because of his elite striking ability. The winner of this bout is expected to receive a shot at Jones’ Championship. If this fight goes the distance I think Machida will be victorious, but I do not think it does. Prediction: Dan Henderson with a 3rd round knockout.
Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche
This fight will be for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. Nothing against Liz “Girlzilla” Carmouche, but I do not think she stands a chance in this fight. She is one of the best female fighters in the game, but Ronda Rousey is on another level. Rousey’s submission game is as good as it gets, and I think she will try to take this one to the ground early and often. When she does, Carmouche will say goodnight. As always, in any kind of fighting, Girlzilla has a punchers chance, but I would be surprised to see her pull it off. Prediction: Ronda Rousey, by submission in the 1st round.
All in all, this should be a very good pay per view. We have plenty of big names, and of course history being made with the women fighting for the first time. It should be a great show, and well worth the price of admission. If you have your own opinions on who wins these fights, feel free to let me know in the comments or on Twitter @schmelzer77.