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Ronda Rousey Makes History At UFC 157

Defending 135lb womens champion Ronda Rousey beat Liz Carmouche in the first ever womens bout in the UFC. The victory came in the first round via armbar submission. Which is no surprise because her previous 8 victories were all delivered in the same fashion. There was however a point in the fight that Rousey looked to be in trouble. It came in the first minute of the fight when Carmouche was on Rousey’s back. Carmouche attempted to go for a choke and at one point had Rousey in a neck crank. Rousey stayed patient and was able to get Carmouche off of her and within a matter on minutes had her in an armbar. Carmouche quickly tapped and the fight was over.

Ronda Rousey applies the armbar on Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. (Getty Images)

Ronda Rousey applies the armbar on Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. (Getty Images)

With this fight history was made as it was not only the first womens fight in the UFC’s 20 year history, it was also the main event. Ronda Rousey will now be known as the first ever UFC womens champion. Rousey has definitely set her self up to become a mega star. Within 2 years she has gone from an unknown fighter fighting on low visibility Strickforce on Showtime events to main eventing in the biggest MMA promotion around. This is largely due to the way she has amassed her now 9 victories. All of her victories have come in the first round with an armbar submission, most of which came within under a minute of the fight. She has established the armbar as her finisher much like a pro wrestler has a signature finishing maneuver. This is a gimmick that could take her very far in the sport and also create a legend about her like Mike Tyson had in the 1980’s with his knockout punches.

Ronda Rousey will more than likely fight again by years end. The UFC does not have the other big name womens MMA fighter Chris Cyborg. Cyborg recently signed with Invicta. The UFC does have a fresh crop of talent to build up for her. Its pretty safe to say that her next fight regardless of the opponent will be a big draw. She has developed into a super star the like of which will overshadow the previous Queen of MMA Gina Carrano. It will be exciting to she where this crazy ride Rousey is on will end up.

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1957 Brooklyn Dodgers: The Last Season

In 1957, ten years after the Brooklyn Dodgers helped Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in the Major Leagues, they had their 67th and final season in New York.  The Dodgers,  just two years removed from their first World Series Championship, were seeking another title.   Meanwhile, their team President, Walter O’Malley, was seeking a new stadium in the same borough the team had occupied since the last part of the 19th Century.

Ebbets Filed in Brooklyn, NY (Getty Images)

Ebbets Filed in Brooklyn, NY (Getty Images)

The once great Ebbets Field, which the team had called home since 1913, was not a suitable ballpark anymore.  The stadium did not have enough seating to produce the amount of revenue a Major League team needed.  There was also little to no vehicle parking around the stadium.  This frustrated O’Malley, who was seeking a new privately funded stadium in the Atlantic Yards section of Brooklyn.  This plan was shot down by New York City Building Commissioner Robert Moses.  Instead, Moses proposed a new stadium in Flushing Meadows, which is in the borough of Queens.  That site would later be home to Shea Stadium and currently, Citi Field.  O’Malley refused the offer from Moses and sought another location for his team.

Former Dodgers Owner Walter O'Malley. (Getty Images)

Former Dodgers President Walter O’Malley. (Getty Images)

While O’Malley was battling Moses over stadium plans, the season continued.  The Dodgers finished their final season with a record of 84 wins and 70 losses.  The team finished in third place in the National League.  Centerfielder Duke Snider was the bright spot for the Dodgers in the 1957 season.  Snider batted .274 with 40 home runs and 92 RBIs.  He also hit his 300th career home run on July 20th.

While the city of New York was not willing to accommodate the Dodgers, the city of Los Angeles was more than willing to be their new home.  Los Angeles was offering O’Malley everything he wanted,  a new Stadium with ample seating and more parking space than the Dodgers would ever need.  The most important part of the offer was a city with leaders who were willing to work with the franchise to make them happy.   Before the season was complete, it was official; the Dodgers were moving to California.

The Dodgers won their final game at Ebbets Field on September 24th.  The Dodgers had many seasons where they did not enter the postseason.  This season was different,  and the fans could no longer look forward to next season.  It was over and the city’s beloved team in blue was history.  The loss of the Dodgers crushed Brooklyn’s heart when they left for Los Angeles and the city has never been the same since.

Brooklyn baseball fans vilified O’Malley for moving the team.  Many of those fans did not know the politics of the move.  Many years later, it became more clear that the city of New York did not help O’Malley keep the team in Brooklyn.  O’Malley tried his hardest but it just was not enough, and he had to do what was best for the franchise.  It has been 65 years since the Dodgers called Brooklyn home, but all of the old fans that grew up with them still consider the Dodgers their home team.

UFC On FOX 4, Machida “Most Impressive”

The UFC returned to Loas Angeles, CA and the Staples Center on Saturday night.  The event was the UFC’s 4th special on the FOX network.  The main show on FOX featured four fights.  Two of the fights featured Light Heavywieghts that would determine who will face the winner of the Jon Jones VS Dan Henderson for the division’s championship.  UFC President stated earlier this week that the fighter who looked “Most Impressive” would get the future Light Heavyweight Title shot.

The show started with a Welterweight fight between Damarques Johnson and the returning Mike Swick.  Johnson dominated the fight on the ground in the 1st round.  When the 2nd round began the fight quickly turned around for Swick who was able to grab Johnson’s leg and take him down.  While Swick was taking Johnson down when he delivered a knockout punch to Johnson and was victorious in his return to fighting after a 2 year absence.

The next fight had Joe Lauzon defeat Jamie Varner in a Lightweight contest via submission in the 3rd round.  This was an incredible back and forth fight that had both men matched up pretty evenly.  Varner seemed to get tired as the fight progressed.  Lauzon took advantage of Varner’s fatigue with a triangle choke in the 3rd round that forced Varner to submit.  Great showing for both fighters but this fight made Lauzon look like a star.

In the 1st of 2 Light Heavyweight bouts, Lyoto Machida defeated Ryan Bader in the 2nd round via knockout.  Both fighters stood up during the 1st round and neither fighter took great risk or damage.  Early in the second round Machida counter punched his way to a victory when Bader took a chance at charging at Machida with strikes.  Machida looked good in this fight and ended it early like he was expected to do.

The Main event and final Light Heavyweight bout took place between Shogun Rua and Brandon Vera.  This fight was won by Rua with a knockout in the 4th round.  This fight was mostly dominated by Rua who had Vera on the ground for a lot of the fight and landed more strikes.  Vera did looked good in the fight with the amount of punishment he was able to take and still push through.  Rua won when he knocked Vera down to the ground with a punch against the cage and was able to finish it by punishing Vera.  Rua admitted he was getting tired towards the 2nd round and it showed.

Lyoto Machida gets a future title shot.
(Photo By: Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

Dana White after the show was over announced that he felt Machida was “most impressive” and would recieve the future title shot.  White’s decision was the obvious and correct one.  Jon Jones is likely to be the Champion who will face Machida later this year or early next year.  Jones does have to fight Dan Henderson who is a legend in the sport but probably will not be able to defeat Jones.  Jones has previously defeated Machida so the fight will be difficult for the UFC to sell.  That is the nature of the beast however and the UFC will just have to find a way to market the fight.

This was a solid show with good fights that did not go to decision.  The UFC needs to continue to put good shows on FOX so that they can attract more casual fans.  It would be to their advantage to put bigger fights on the FOX shows to expand the audience.  The UFC feels their main focus should be PPV and not the network specials.  At least this turned out to be a good show but the UFC needs to step up their game on FOX if they want to create new fans.