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Ronda Rousey to face Liz Carmouche

Updated: December 6, 2012, 8:10 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

UFC president Dana White presented the women's bantamweight title belt to Ronda Rousey on Thursday, then announced that she will make her first defense on Feb. 23 against Liz Carmouche.

The five-round title bout will headline UFC 157 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Rousey and Carmouche will become the first women mixed martial artists to compete in UFC.

UFC officials worked diligently to encourage former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos ...

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