The Ultimate Fighting Championship has done a better job than any other Mixed Martial Arts promotion when it comes to expanding its brand, and the upcoming UFC 157 event will mark another key event in its progress. New UFC Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Liz Carmouche in the first-ever sanctioned women’s fight in the promotion’s history. While UFC President Dana White has hyped Carmouche as being the most capable of challenging Rousey for the title, the online betting odds have the champion listed at a whopping -1100. At 11/1 it’s hard to imagine Rousey choking on the big stage, but then again there are a couple of key factors that could make this fight very unpredictable.
Carmouche has a solid skill set and a deep resume, and has no pressure on her heading in to this even. Rousey has stolen the sports betting spotlight as a media darling and is the overwhelming favorite to win this bout, which will put tremendous pressure on her. Something that fans should remember is that Carmouche wanted this fight and the chance to prove her self, volunteering for it when most other fighters backed down. Time and again we have seen fighters will their way to a win in big part because their opponent underestimates them, and this could be that type of situation.
The big online sportsbook test for Carmouche will come in the opening round, as she looks to snap Rousey’s streak of ending six-straight wins in the first round. Rousey has incredible striking power and is just as dangerous on the ground with her wrestling and submission skills, so Carmouche will need to remain aggressive and not allow the champion to dictate the pace of the fight and corner he early on. The fact that she has won six fights in a total of less than 10 minutes means Rousey will be expected to come out firing and end the first early on, and that could open the door for Carmouche to land a flash-knockout and shock the entire online sports betting world.
One area that Carmouche should not be at a disadvantage in is in terms of her physical fitness, as the ex-marine has always been ready for the challenge. With Rousey accustomed to ending fight’s quickly, Carmouche would be wise to move around the Octagon and do her best to tire the champion out. While it won’t be easy, the longer this fight goes on the more likely Carmouche is to win it, as depth of physical fitness could be among the few things that Rousey overlooks as her media tour continues on the biggest stage. There is no denying that Rousey deserves to be the overwhelming favorite, but there is no such thing as a guarantee, and these factors are enough to think an upset is still possible. For all of the latest UFC betting news and odds for every UFC 157 fight, be sure to check out the best sports betting sites.