Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is just days away from her historic debut inside the Octagon this Saturday night (Feb. 23, 2013) against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche," which goes down at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The media tour for "Rousey" has been unlike any other in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). From her interviews on HBO's "Real Sports" and ESPN's "SportsCenter" to the documentary-style show "UFC Primetime" that is following Rousey's preparation for UFC 157 in real time (part one here, part two here), the 26-year-old superstar has done it all.
Except for FUEL TV's weekly MMA news program "UFC Tonight," of course.
Rousey has touched on basically everything from past to present to future in the lead up to UFC 157; and although her interview with Sonnen and Florian was essentially more of the same, Rousey did share her thoughts on the Cristane Santos-Tito Ortiz press conference last week, Carmouche being the UFC's first openly gay fighter, predictions for her fight against Carmouche, Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida and Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar.
On how she will win:
"I'm interested in winning as quickly and efficiently as possible. If that's through striking and that's the first opportunity, then I'm going to go there, but if I see the first opportunity on the ground then I'm going to go there. It's not like I walk in planning an armbar because I want to have a legacy."
On the Cyborg-Ortiz presser:
"I didn't watch the press conference, but I heard that Tito spoke eloquently and Cyborg was very fashionable."
On Carmouche being the UFC's first openly gay fighter:
"I think it takes a lot of courage. In MMA, we have a reputation for being homophobic, where I really don't think that's so. If you ever come to the weigh-ins and see some of the things the guys wear, and the fans are going nuts. You know they're not homophobic. The fans love it. It takes a lot of strength to do and she has my utmost respect for that."
History occurs in just a few days, be sure to tune in to UFC 157, only on pay-per-view (PPV).
UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" goes down this Saturday night (Feb. 23, 2013) from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Along with the Rousey vs. Carmouche headliner, Dan Henderson takes on Lyoto Machida in a light heavyweight contenders bout while bantamweight's Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar face off in a rematch over six years in the making.
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