Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche

(Via Bleacher Report)

While TMB doesn’t endorse fighting, if it’s a professional sport that has fought to become equal in terms of women being allowed to complete, that’s something we can get behind. Ronda Rousey (left), a 26-year old mixed martial artist from California may have changed women’s MMA for good in a recent fight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The reason why she may have changed this sport for women is because she has managed to build her MMA cred with her powerful armbar, as well as win the first ever UFC women’s fight against Liz Carmouche (right).

When the fight between Rousey and Carmouche was announced in December, a small portion of the UFC fan base protested against the fight. Despite this, the Honda Center was packed with over 15,000 fans who were curious to see if Rousey would use her famous arm bar for the 10th time. She’s used this move in previous fights and began to rack up a reputation by adopting this winning technique 3 times in amateur fights and 6 times in the professional ranks.

There was a lot of speculation as to how this fight would go down, with many people thinking it would be a flop. These were all misconceptions as both managed to prove that women can compete in a sport that features men and be in the spotlight. In many sports today, there tends to be a lot of attention on men, with women’s participation put into secondary categories. Rousey and Carmouche have shown that women really can do it too and have a very entertaining fight.

Rousey has spent a long time building up this event since it was announced and the amount of pressure that was on her to win was enormous. Not only to win, but to win by first-round arm bar. Apparently, she spent most of her time either training for the fight or doing interviews to promote the fight. By building it up and managing to grab such a spectacular win, she has played a significant role in shaping women’s MMA. No longer will there be a focus on whether women will be able to participate, but more focus on conquering her glorious arm bar.

Not only that, but she has managed to break out of the women’s MMA stereotype with long blonde locks, who looks athletic without being over the top. She had been building her fighting career over the years and has won multiple championships, including the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship, as well as the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship. She has worked incredibly hard to get where she is and many people now feel she had a well-deserved win. Even Carmouche commented afterwards saying, “neck cranks are hard to pull off and if the person has a lot of heart, she can fight through it, which she did.”