Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Ronda Rousey (black shorts) and Liz Carmouche (white shorts) fight during their UFC women's world bantamweight championship bout at the Honda Center.Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
ANAHEIM - The boys made room for the ladies in an historic UFC 157 when Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche sent the Honda Center into frenzy with a frantic, action packed main event.
In the first women's fight in the UFC, Rousey defeated Carmouche with her patented armbar in the 1st round, the same move she used to defeat her first six opponents.
But defending her UFC Women's Bantamweight Belt didn't come easy. Early in the first round, Rousey had to survive a piggy back standing rear naked choke by Carmouche. And even though Rousey escaped and eventually won the fight, both women recieved standing ovations by the crowd.
The piggy back standing rear naked choke was the same move Sacramento's Urijah Faber used to defeat Ivan Menjivar in the 1st round of his non-title fight.
"It was kind of make shift," Faber told News10. "He stood up and his neck was there so I grabbed it. If he didn't tap we were going to go him passing out us standing together, I'm glad I got it done."
Many believed Faber needed to beat Menjivar to remain relevent in the Bantamweight Division. The "California Kid" was proud to answer his critics.
"To get that win in California and silence some naysayers just feels so go," said Faber.