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Friday, February 22, 2013
Ronda Rousey makes weight

By Brett Okamoto
ESPN.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ronda Rousey, the first female champion in UFC history, says she likely won't feel she's earned that distinction until she wins her first UFC fight.

Rousey (6-0) weighed in at 134.6 pounds Friday for her first UFC title defense against Liz Carmouche (8-2), who also made weight at 133.6 pounds. The two will fight Saturday night at UFC 157.

The UFC crowned Rousey its first female bantamweight champion late last year. She won the Strikeforce title in March 2012 with a victory over Miesha Tate.

"I don't (feel like the UFC champion)," Rousey said. "Probably after I win this fight, I'll say it again. Every time it's a new fight to me."

A former U.S. Olympic medalist in judo, Rousey has finished all her professional and amateur bouts via armbar in the first round. Carmouche never has been armbarred in her career.

A light-heavyweight fight between contenders Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida will serve as the event's co-main event. Henderson (29-8) weighed in at 205 pounds Friday. Machida was at 202. All but one of the 24 fighters set to compete at UFC 157 made weight. Welterweight Nah-Shon Burrell (8-2) came in at 175.8 for his bout against Yuri Villefort (6-1) and will forfeit part of his fight purse. Both fighters accepted the bout on short notice.