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UFC Squash Match Alert: Ronda Rousey Opened as a 15-1 Favorite Against That Other Girl


(Keep it together, Ronda. Never go full Sally Field. / Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com)

According to BestFightOdds, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey opened as a -1500 betting favorite against her UFC 157 challenger Liz Carmouche, who opened at +700. Since then, the odds have leveled out somewhat; SportBet currently has the line at a more reasonable -1110/+690, which means that you’d need to put up $1,110 in order to turn a $100 profit on Ronda if she wins, while betting $100 on Liz would…you know what, I’m not even going to finish that sentence. Please do not bet money on this fight.

The current odds make Rousey vs. Carmouche rank among the most lopsided UFC matchups of all time, which comes as no surprise — before the booking was announced, many UFC fans may not have even been aware of the existence of Liz Carmouche, who is an unknown quantity to everyone except hardcore fans of women’s MMA and Strikeforce. Plus, Carmouche fell short both times she faced champion-level competition, suffering a decision loss to Sarah Kaufman in July 2011 and a submission loss to Marloes Coenen four months prior, although Carmouche was winning that fight until she was stopped.

None of Rousey’s previous matches have turned out to be very competitive, and it’s hard to imagine that this one will be any different. (If Liz gets armbarred in the second round as opposed to the first round, she should immediately be ranked the #2 women’s bantamweight in the world.) Is that necessarily a bad thing? A string of highlight-reel finishes from a charismatic champion can go a long way in drawing casual fans to women’s MMA. Think of it this way: Mike Tyson became famous by rolling over outmatched palookas, not by clawing out victories in gritty 12-round wars — and converted hordes of young people to boxing fandom in the process.

Not that we’re calling Ronda Rousey the Mike Tyson of women’s MMA (at least not yet). But maybe a good squash match is just what the sport needs right now.

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crappiefloper- December 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm
Whoa whoa whoa!
She ain't snuggle up to guida homely man! No offense to the estimed mr. Guida.
ArmFarmer- December 11, 2012 at 9:23 am
@jvc It has nothing to do with equality, it has to do with a complete lack of competition and interest in the division. She's not hot, she's pretty at best, verging on mediocre. She looks like sleeping with her would feel like cuddling up with a long haired dude. Would be like going to town on clay guida... and nobody wants that.
thebusiness- December 11, 2012 at 6:13 am
I don't think Ronda will have problems attracting viewers. If we go by Facebook popularity alone, she has way more fans than many top male UFC fighters combined. You could say it's mostly because of her looks, but I'm willing to bet that even those casual fans will tune in Feb 23rd. For some people, the women's MMA thing is novel and interesting, and that will draw them. And some people actually actually enjoy watching women's MMA, believe it or not. Everyone on here who's bitched about it WILL watch it.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm
I don't care if she isn't smokin'... did you see what that thing she sits on did to Dana "The Smasher" White?! He's about lost his damn mind!
crappiefloper- December 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm
@jcv-seriously, she is NOT hot dude. Attractive sure,hot? Fuck no. And Ceaser Gracie....no comment
5knuckleshuffle- December 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm
She's good looking right up until she opens her c@cksocket and starts her unintelligent ramblings. IF the fight with Cyborg happens I hope when she goes for the armbar, which she will since that's all she apparently knows how to do, Cyborg slams her ass right through the mat.
jcv1986- December 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Y do some of u guys have a problem with equal rights. Ronda has proven herself on multipule times now. She's always in shape and entertaining!!!! And as far as looks go who the fuck cares, but Ronda is amazingly hot, and trains with the best team . Ceaser Gracie. Canada!!!!!!!!!
Alan K- December 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm
That's what I keep telling people. What difference does it make that we know Ronda is gonna destroy Liz in under a minute? It's gonna happen and it's gonna be brutal and awesome to watch. Hardcores may be cynical about it but once casual fans learn about her they're gonna be eating this shit up like it's crack flavored cake. Just you watch.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm
Crack cake? Did somebody say Crack Cake?
crappiefloper- December 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm
How a person can have that much success with one go to move, Ill never know
Mr_Misanthropy- December 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm
She's got a ways to go to catch up with McKenzie...
ArmFarmer- December 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Rousey isn't hot, she's not charasmatic she's annoying, and she's only got 1 person to fight that anyone cares about seeing and it aint liz. This fight has no business as a main event in any org, let alone ufc.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- December 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm
Ronda must be REALLY good at giving BJ's to Dana. Because his original instinct was right - there is just not enough decent competition to justify a women's division in the UFC. Then he sees ONE chick who is slightly marketable (but stop calling her "hot", she's a 6 at best, folks) and changes his mind? And to make sure his new pet looks good her first time out, he sets up this squash match.

Clearly there isn't enough depth to warrant this womens' division. Worst mistake in the history of the UFC.
Fried Taco- December 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm
Ronda would look good with a face tattoo. Maybe a nice jizz-splatter pattern...
The12ozCurls- December 10, 2012 at 11:59 am
The word "palookas" should be used more often.
Same with "cockamamie" - Just sayin'
ArmFarmer- December 10, 2012 at 11:47 am
Yeah, I was just thinking to myself.. "you know what the ufc needs? A main event that's completely pointless in a division that nobody cares about that's going to end in under a minute in the same way we've already seen 6 times".
smellypiratehooker- December 10, 2012 at 11:39 am
*smile lights up face* " So you're telling me there's a chance "
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