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UFC 157 Preview: The Main Card

The UFC returns to PPV with a main card that is headlined with the women’s bantamweight championship being decided. Here’s a breakdown from that part of the card, which happens from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA tomorrow. FightLine provides play-by-play action and will also be there post-fight with the latest news.

Welterweight: Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler
The opening fight on the main card sees former two time welterweight contender Josh Koscheck look to get back in the title picture again. He traded a pair of split-decisions last year. Lawler makes his UFC debut as one of the Strikeforce acquisitions. He was 3-5 for them and is coming off a decision loss.

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Josh Neer
After Court McGee won The Ultimate Fighter in 2010, he was able to land two more wins. In 2012, he dropped a pair of decisions when the UFC visited Australia and Canada. Josh Neer went 2-1 last year under the UFC banner. He lost in the opening round of his previous two contests. The most loss was to Justin Edwards and took only 45 seconds.

Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar
The only male bantamweight fight of the night happens on the main card. Urijah Faber was unable to defeat Renan Barão over the summer for the division’s interim title. It was his fourth loss in a row when gold was up for grabs and he suffered a broken rib in the process. Ivan Menjivar is 4-1 for the UFC with three of those wins coming in the first round. He has two Submission of the Night honors, one of which he earned in his last fight.

Light Heavyweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson
Lyoto Machida looks for another title shot after dropping the golden belt in 2010. He had one title defense before that, which brought his undefeated streak to 16. He has since gone 3-2. Dan Henderson returns to the Octagon for the first time in 15 months. He was set to meet the champion at UFC 151 before a knee injury caused him to withdraw and the whole card was scratched. In his UFC return in 2011, Henderson defeated Maurício Rua in a five rounder that was called Fight of the Year.

Women’s Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche for the championship
In the main event, two females hold a great honor. They will be the first females to compete for the UFC in their nearly 20 year history. Ronda Rousey is known for her nine career fights, six of those being professional, in which she ended all by armbar in round one. She was promoted to the UFC roster after winning the belt out of Strikeforce. Liz Carmouche enters with two stoppages from Invicta FC. Seven of her eight wins she ended and she’s the first openly gay competitor in MMA. This will be the first fight for both since the summer.