We may not have ever gotten that UFC vs. Strikeforce dream card so many (few?) of us wanted but as more and more of the latter promotion's fighters migrate over to the former, we'll still get to see plenty of interesting match-ups that may or may not have ended up on said hypothetical dream card, were it to ever happen.
Like this one.
Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press brings word that Sam Stout will welcome Caros Fodor to the Octagon in a lightweight battle booked for UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" on Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
It will be a quick turnaround for Stout, who is fresh on the heels of his loss to John Makdessi on the preliminary card of the UFC 154: "St. Pierre vs. Condit" event that went down just this past Nov. 17 in Montreal. The Canadian couldn't get his stone hands off and found himself on the business end of a unanimous decison.
Fodor, meanwhile, will have gone nearly a year between bouts by the time fight night rolls around. He last competed back in March at Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" in Columbus, where he was submitted by top 155-pound contender Pat Healy in the third round. It marked just the second loss of his career and his first in his last six fights.
This is a statement fight. No title contenders will be made but we'll have a much better idea of where each guy's career is headed by the time it's all said and done.
Couldn't ask for much more than that.
UFC 157 will make history as the promotion's first-ever female champion, bantamweight badass Ronda Rousey, puts her 135-pound title on the line against ex-Strikeforce contender Liz Carmouche. Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson will also be squaring off in light heavyweight action.
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