UFC president Dana White has announced that Ronda Rousey will make her much anticipated UFC debut on February 2013 at UFC 157. The announcement came at the UFC of Fox 5 pre-fight press conference where White noted that Rousey will appear in the main event against Invicta veteran Liz Carmouche.
“In the UFC, February 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, she’ll be fighting Liz Carmouche and she is the main event,” White said.
While Carmouche stepped up, Cyborg has expressed her interest in the fight after previously stating there was no way she could drop down to 135 lbs. Her stance has changed and it’s still the fight the UFC and Rousey both want.
“That was obviously the fight we wanted to make. We wanted to do that at 135 pounds and we worked hard to make that fight,” White continued. “I believe that this fight will happen, I truly believe the next one will be the Cyborg fight. So this fight first and then Cyborg will happen at 135 lbs.”
“It’s going to happen eventually. I can’t make these girls fight me when I want them to fight me,” Rousey said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Liz, she’s the only one that really stepped up and said she wanted this fight right now and it speaks a lot to her. When the other girls come around and they actually want to come to the big show they know where I’m at.”
As we previously reported, Cyborg’s camp had said that Cris has visited with her doctor and was told the cut to 135 lbs would not be safe based on her personal physical health.
“I wasn’t the least bit surprised. I know she can make 135 and so does she. It just takes her a little bit while to realize this is the only option she has and it took her a little bit while because I don’t think she’s that bright. When she does sit down and think about it and whatever then we’ll have the only fight that really makes sense.”
Carmouche enters the fight with a mixed martial arts record of 5-2. Carmouche is currently on a two fight winning streak with stoppage victories over Kaitlin Young and Ashleigh Curry.