Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits "The Heart of Orange County" for the first time since Nov. 2011 as UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" goes down this Saturday night (Feb. 2, 2013) from Anaheim, California.
The first-ever women's Bantamweight championship bout serves as the main event as Ronda Rousey puts her 135-pound belt on the line for the first time against Liz Carmouche. Several other intriguing mixed martial arts (MMA) match ups are scheduled for the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, featuring the likes of Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida, Urijah Faber, Josh Koscheck and more.
With the event just days away and anticipation growing for the historic PPV event, let's take a few minutes to review some event-related facts about UFC 157.
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- Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche is the first PPV main event in ZUFFA-era UFC history where both fighters will make their Octagon debuts.
- After winning four of his first five UFC fights by decision, four of Lyoto Machida's last five UFC victories are by knockout.
- Faber has rebounded from every loss in his career with a submission victory. He has also never lost two-straight fights.
- Rousey has six first round submission wins, all by armbar.
- Henderson has not lost a light heavyweight bout since being defeated by Quinton Jackson in Sept. 2007.
- Rousey's total cage time after six professional fights is seven minutes and 41 seconds, an average of one-minute and 16 seconds per fight.
- Josh Koscheck's 21st welterweight fight under the UFC banner will move him just one fight short of Matt Hughes' record of 22 UFC welterweight fights.
- Henderson has won 13 of his 29 fights by (technical) knockout.
- Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar is a rematch of a Jan. 2006 bout that Faber won by disqualification because of an illegal kick to the head on the ground.
- Robbie Lawler fights at welterweight for the first time since Oct. 2004.
- According to Fight Metric, Machida holds the UFC light heavyweight record for signature striking accuracy at 57.39 percent.
- Lawler has won 16 of his 19 fights by (technical) knockout, 11 in the first round.
- Koscheck will tie B.J. Penn for fifth-most fights in UFC history at 22.
- Henderson is the oldest fighter on the UFC roster at 42 years, six months and one day old.
- According to Fight Metric, Sam Stout holds the UFC lightweight record for most significant strikes landed (792).
- Dating back to Aug. 2005, Koscheck is second to Georges St. Pierre as the longest tenured active welterweight on the UFC roster without leaving, being cut or fighting outside the organization.
- Robbie Lawler is 4-5 with one "No Contest" in his past 10 fights.
- According to Fight Metric, Machida has the best takedown defense in the history of the light heavyweight division at 83.3 percent.
- Lavar Johnson has 15 career knockout wins, 14 in the first round. His opponent, Brendan Schaub, has lost all three of his career fights by first-round knockout.
- Court McGee makes his welterweight debut against Josh Neer.
- Stout is second to Jon Fitch for most fights to go to decision in UFC history at 12.
- Mike Chiesa fights for the first time since winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15.
- Neil Magny and Jon Manley, who fight on the "Prelims" portion of the under card, are the only two male fighters on the card making their Octagon debuts.
That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.
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