Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson will battle for a light heavyweight title shot. The winner of the bout between those top 205-pound contenders will be next in line to meet the winner of a championship fight between champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.
Rousey already holds the belt, but had a scowl on her face, and when asked if she considered herself a UFC champion declaring without having fought in the Octagon yet, she said, “I don’t. Probably after I win the fight on Saturday, I’ll say that I won’t feel like the champion until I win it again. Every single fight it’s a new fight to me.”
The difficulty comes in quantifying how this will affect UFC 157. Nervous fighters could decide to play it safe, dialing up their level of caution in order to grab a much-needed win however possible. Or the opposite may occur. They could come out looking to brawl wildly in hopes of an entertaining fight that boosts their value to the company.
The dynamic Rousey brings with her to the UFC is that of a superstar. She has appeared in front of mainstream audiences in issues of Sports Illustrated and on television programs, including "Conan O'Brien," "TMZ," ESPNs "SportsCenter" and "Real Sports" on HBO. Her success, and in turn the success of women's MMA in the UFC, relies not only on her performance against Carmouche, but how she handles everything that comes after.
Josh Koscheck and Robbie Lawler, two men who have been known for their brutal punching power and wrestling backgrounds, will collide at UFC 157 tonight. It has all the ingredients for a "Fight of the Night," even if the MMA oddsmakers don't agree.
I wish I could pick Henderson here. It’s really unfortunate that he didn’t get the "one last title shot" because of injury and now has this fight in front of him which is just a miserable match-up. I just don’t think Machida is going to be easy to land the right hand against and Machida will dictate the fight. Lyoto Machida by decision.