It has been announced by UFC President Dana White that Rousey's debut fight as the defending women's champion will be at UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche in Anaheim.
Ronda Rousey, who won a medal in Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, ended up becoming the face of women's mixed martial art's (WMMA). She ended up being the Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion after defeating the defending champion Miesha Tate. Since then, Rousey has successfully defended the belt. Due to Rousey's on-stage personality and in-cage performance, she has gotten the attention of Dana White who is the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championships. In the past, White said that a women's division would not be in the UFC. However, since Rousey entered the picture, White's changed his tune.
In a historical move, Rousey became the first female to be signed into the UFC. However, it was unknown who she was going to fight. It was then official that Rousey would be given the UFC women's championship belt. For the most part, it does seem logical as Rousey was the Strikeforce champion and being the first female to sign with the promotion. Also, Strikeforce has plans to fold after its final event in January 2013. Thus, Strikeforce will be a defunct organization. Plus, Zuffa Inc. (which owns the UFC) bought Strikeforce back in 2011.
So far, it was unknown who Rousey's first opponent would be. Now, it is revealed that Rousey's first opponent will be against Liz Carmouche. Rousey and Carmouche will be going at it against each other at UFC 157 on February 23, 2013. The event will be at Anaheim, California. This announcement was made by White when talking about this Saturday's fight card in which the fight will be headlined by the lightweight championship bout between the defending champion Ben Henderson and the challenger Nate Diaz.
This technically makes Carmouche the third female to be signed into the UFC. It was announced that Tate made a deal with the UFC becoming the second female fighter to sign. However, no official announcement has been made about Carmouche signing with the UFC. White picked Carmouche because she decided to step up. It seems that Carmouche's video has gotten the attention of White.
When interviewed by MMA Prime, Carmouche made her case. Apparently White took Carmouche's case and decided to give her a chance.
There was talk about Rousey going at it against Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Currently, Cyborg's still under a fight suspension due to testing positive for banned substances in a post-fight blood test. As a result, she got stripped of her Strikeforce featherweight title. Her suspension ends on December 17.
With trash talking going back and forth between Rousey and Cyborg, there was talks about making the fight happen. However, the main problem was the 10-pound weight difference. Since Rousey was the Strikeforce bantamweight champion, she said that Cyborg would have to drop down to her weight if the fight wanted to happen.
In the past, doctors said that it would be impossible for Cyborg to cut weight. Now, Cyborg has announced she's going to make that effort to drop down to 135 and challenge Rousey. There was speculation that they'd fight at UFC 157; but, it's not the case. This is due to Cyborg having to organize the lengthy process of cutting weight.
Dropping down to 135 is the only way, at the moment, that Cyborg will get a shot in the UFC let alone against Rousey. This is because White said he's only bringing in the bantamweight division at the moment. He said that Cyborg has no place in the UFC if she can't drop down.
Overall, Rousey's debut fight will be at UFC 157.