Rousey declared UFC champ
December 6, 2012
Ronda Rousey was named the UFC women’s champ this afternoon at the UFC press conference in Seattle. Rousey will defend the UFC title against Liz Carmouche as she will headline UFC 157.
Rousey was presented the belt at the UFC on Fox 5 Press Conference. White announced that she would fight Liz Carmouche (not Cris “Cyborg” Santos as some initially thought) at the Anaheim, California event February 23rd.
Rousey, a SoCal resident, will be fighting in her backyard as UFC 157 will be in Orange County. Dan Henderson versus Lyoto Machida will be the co-main event.
We have known about Rousey coming to the UFC but the date of her first appearance was still in the air. We shall see how much mainstream press she will receive. It will be interesting to see how the UFC will market her and her opponent, Liz Carmouche. Since Orange County is big into MMA and Rousey is from the area, we should see a near sellout at the Honda Center. But, what will that translate in PPV buys?
How appropriate that I finally read the Sports Illustrated article on Rousey at the dentist’s office this morning prior to going to the press conference. For what it’s worth, Rousey was one of the last fighters to leave the presser as she did interviews yet came back out to take pictures and sign autographs for fans. Interesting note: 1) you could have probably got a picture with Rousey if you wanted because there was not much of a crowd at the time she came back out and 2) most of the guys (I actually saw just one girl) taking pictures with her were definitely intimidated.