UFC president Dana White presented Ronda Rousey with the first-ever UFC female championship Thursday, and announced that Rousey will meet Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157.
White stated that the UFC worked hard to pair Rousey with Cris Cyborg, but that Cyborg could not make 135 pounds by the February date. White did say they hope to pair the two for the next female fight.
Rousey expressed her disappointment in not facing Cyborg, but was pleased that Carmouche accepted the fight when others wouldn’t.
“I got a lot of respect for Liz because she was the only one that wanted this fight right now,” Rousey said. “It speaks loud to her. When other girls want to come around, come to the big show, they know where I am at.”
Carmouche is 7-2 in her career, including wins in each of her last two fights. Rousey is 6-0 with all six wins coming by first round armbar.
White confirmed the fight will headline the show from the Honda Center in Anaheim, which will likely have a co-main event between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson.