UFC 157 odds: Ronda Rousey opens as -1200 favorite over Liz Carmouche

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The opening lines are in for the UFC 157 main event that sees Ronda Rousey defend her title against Liz Carmouche and as expected, the "Rowdy" champion is a massive favorite.

Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey will make her first-ever 135-pound title defense when she tangles with former Strikeforce contender Liz Carmouche at the upcoming UFC 157 event on Feb. 23, 2013 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

And she'll do it as a massive favorite.

Our fiscal friends over at Best Fight Odds have the "Rowdy" one as high as -1200, with her underdog opponent, the self-described "Girl-rilla," at +600. In case you're wondering, this isn't the biggest female squash match in history, as Cris Cyborg opened at -2000 prior to her snuff film that starred Jan Finney.

Too high?

Rousey (6-0) has electrified the world of combat sports with her devastating ground game, ending all six of her professional MMA fights by way of first-round submission (armbar). In addition, she tore through the amateur ranks, needing less than two minutes (combined) to end all three of her fights.

But don't expect her opponent to be intimidated.

Carmouche (7-2) is a Marine Corps combat veteran and no stranger to title fights, having done the dance with Marloes Coenen under the Strikeforce banner in early 2011. She's coming off back-to-back-wins (and finishes) over Ashleigh Curry and Kaitlin Young for Invicta FC.

Is she not getting enough respect from the bookies?

UFC 157 is also expected to feature a 205-pound contest between Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida while Urijah Faber returns to face Ivan Menjivar in 135-pound action.

See more on the upcoming UFC 157 event by clicking here.

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