Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey survived the first serious scare of her seven-fight career when she escaped a first-round rear-naked choke attempt by Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Rousey (7-0) appeared moments away from being on the wrong side of the upset of the female combat sports century when Carmouche nearly locked in the choke from a standing position, but the champion survived and rallied back for a submission win of her own with just 14-seconds remaining in the opening round.
The fight was sensational, and on the UFC 157 post-fight show on FUEL TV, the 26-year-old champion talked to Ariel Helwani about Carmouche's submission attempt and how close "Girl-Rilla" was to making her quit, stating she was more worried about revealing herself to the world than tapping out.
"I was thinking about my bra, actually. I kept thinking, I didn't order this one myself, so they gave me my weigh in bra for the fight. If you look back, I was adjusting myself at one point while she was on my back. Multitasking [laughs]!"
Rousey admitted Carmouche had her in the most danger of anything thus far in her mixed martial arts (MMA) career, but claimed she was comfortable through the heart-stopping sequence and said the only reason she found herself in that position was her willingness to take risks.
"I was trying just to ignore everything until I was out there. It was weird -- I was in there just yesterday so it felt like a familiar place. It didn't seem odd at all.... I think I was less nervous [for this fight]. I think I was most nervous for the Julia Budd fight, way back, I don't know why I was so nervous for that one. On the ground I feel so comfortable -- I don't ever feel like I'm in danger -- so I don't mind taking a lot of risks. I felt fine with her on my back, I was thinking more about keeping my sports bra up while she is trying to choke me. I felt very safe and in control even though it didn't look like that."
With the win over Carmouche, Rousey keeps her incredible undefeated streak intact and unless she encounters another near wardrobe malfunction that causes her to mind to slip, it's hard to see any women at 135-pounds defeating the face of female MMA.
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