One of the most iconic events in MMA history will finally arrive this Saturday night. For the first time ever, the UFC will be conducting a women’s fight on the biggest stage in all of MMA at UFC 157.

The organization’s foul-mouthed sweetheart and Olympic bronze-medal winning judoka, Ronda Rousey, will be facing off against the openly-gay former United States Marine, Liz Carmouche, in what will certainly be one of the most heavily viewed fights ever. These ladies will be battling for the inaugural UFC women’s bantamweight title, which, necessary or not, was handed to Rousey upon her entry into the organization.

In the co-main event of the evening, world-class veterans Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida will face off for a spot in line for the UFC light heavyweight title. Also on the main card, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber makes his return against fellow WEC veteran Ivan Menjivar, Josh Koshceck battles Robbie Lawler, and TUF winner Court McGee faces off against the always-entertaining Josh Neer.

UFC 157: Rousey vs Carmouche takes place Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card will be aired on pay-per-view starting at 10 p.m. ET, with the preliminary cards taking place on FX at 8 p.m. ET and Facebook at 6:35 p.m. ET.

The MMA Corner’s Gregory Chase, Joe Chacon and Dan Kuhl break down the entire card in this edition of the Round Table.

WW: Josh Koscheck (17-6) vs. Robbie Lawler (19-9)

Chase: Josh Koscheck fighting Robbie Lawler has the potential for an amazing fight. Lawler has some great experience, but against top-caliber guys, he doesn’t fare well sometimes. Koscheck is going to give him a tough time.

Lawler (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Lawler has some great hands, and they are certainly his best shot at winning this fight; however, Koscheck not only has power in his hands, but he is a strong wrestler and a very resilient fighter. He is a tough guy to finish and has faced some very tough opponents in his career.

This will be a rude welcome-back party into the UFC for Lawler, and I think we will see Koscheck’s hand raised at the end of the night. I will predict Koscheck takes this one by a late TKO in the first or early in the second round.

Chacon: I hate to label any fight as a “must-win” fight, but both Koscheck and Lawler need to win this in order to maintain any sort of relevance within the UFC. Koscheck is 2-2 over his last four, and Lawler is an awful 1-3.

I agree with Gregory: Lawler’s best chance at beating Koscheck is going to be using his hands to get a shot flush on the chin of Koscheck. Even if that does happen, the chances of Koscheck shaking it off and grinding out a win are high. “Kos” has only been knocked out once in his career, and if he does lose, it usually comes by decision.

Koscheck (R) (James Law/Heavy MMA)

While both have strong striking, Koscheck has an extreme advantage when it comes to wrestling. I expect Kos to weather an early flurry by Lawler and win via submission in the second round.

Kuhl: While this is a must-win for Lawler, I don’t think Koscheck is as close to the chopping block. In fact, I would go so far as to say Koscheck, even if he goes on a downhill slide, is a company man that will probably retire directly from the UFC.

Lawler needs this one to prove he belongs in the Octagon, and I’m not sure if he really does. It’s been ten years since his UFC run in the early-2000s. His camp is one of the best over at HIT Squad with Matt Hughes, but he’s pretty worn down at this point in his career. He’s coming in off a 3-5 Strikeforce run, which is nothing to write home about, and he doesn’t fare well with his submission defense.

Koscheck, on the other hand, is coming off a ridiculously impressive performance, having gone the distance with knockout artist and title contender Johny Hendricks.

I agree with Joe on this one. Koscheck by second-round submission.

MW: Court McGee (14-3) vs. Josh Neer (33-12-1)

Chacon: Court McGee makes his first trip back to the Octagon since July, when he had (in my opinion) a win taken away from him by the judges in Canada. McGee faces knockout specialist Josh Neer in a true battle of contrasting styles.

Neer (R) (Heavy MMA)

I really enjoy McGee’s story, and by now you’ve probably heard about how he overcame serious addiction problems to be where he is today. Unfortunately, where he is today from a fighting standpoint is one loss away from a three-fight losing streak.

McGee is solid once he is able to get his opponent to the ground. Two of his three UFC wins have come via submission. Although he does have heavy hands, it’s not his strong point. He needs to get Neer to the ground.

Neer is going to come out and capitalize on what I see as the downfall of many of John Hackleman’s products—low hands. For whatever reason, fighters who come out of The Pit leave their hands low and create an opportunity for their opponent to land shots to the head. Chuck Liddell, Glover Teixeira, Court McGee and even Ramsey Nijem all have problems keeping their hands up.

If McGee can defend against Neer’s punches, he will win this fight. I expect McGee to get this fight to the ground and grind out a unanimous decision win over Neer.

Kuhl: What McGee is lacking—knockout power—is exactly what Neer brings to the table. Neer is an old-school vet with a very well-rounded game. The thing to point out about Neer is that he hasn’t had very much luck in the Octagon.

If you take Neer’s 13 UFC fights off his record, he would have won 82 percent of his pro contests, instead of 70 percent when you factor in UFC bouts. The point is, he’s really good in every other organization, but on the big stage, he bats less than .500. However, he’s a tough fighter looking to add another finish to his 29 stoppages.

McGee, on the other hand, has four years less experience, but also did really well before UFC action, coming into the Octagon with only one loss. McGee goes to decision much more often, because he has good stand-up, minus the knockout power, and he has a good ground game.

If McGee can avoid Neer’s power and stay out of the way of direct shots, he could take this the distance for the win. Even though he has a handful of submission wins, I don’t think that McGee has any business trying to tap out the BJJ brown belt Neer.

For some reason, I think that Neer, at 29 years old, is way too young to count out. He has a ton of experience, and even though he’s entered the ring 46 times, he could easily have some of his best years ahead of him. McGee has proven to be an awesome fighter, but I feel he’s going to come out swinging to try to get back the robbery in his last fight, and that will get him clipped by the more powerful, more experienced Neer.

McGee (James Law/Heavy MMA)

I have Neer, round one, by TKO.

Chase: This is a great stylistic fight, but I think I have to side with Joe on this one. McGee will come out hungry for this win, and he very much needs it. A once great prospect, he has hit some bumps in the road since his TUF days, but remains a tough challenge for any opponent. His hands, ground game and overall ethic are big pluses for him, and will ultimately win him this fight.

Neer is coming into this bout hungry, as well. He faces the possibility of a third loss in a row. He is a well-rounded fighter, but his time in the cage is winding down here. I will agree with Dan that he is the more experienced fighter, and that does work to his advantage; however, he will have a hard time bouncing back against a guy like McGee at this point in time.

I will have to predict that McGee wins this, and he can do it with a submission or a TKO. A decision is a possibility if he can’t get his stand-up game going, but I think he will want to make a statement in this fight.

BW: Urijah Faber (26-6) vs. Ivan Menjivar (25-9)

Kuhl: In the good old days of the WEC, Urijah Faber was all the rage. He was the reigning KOTC bantamweight champ and considered unbeatable once he won the WEC featherweight belt in 2006. From 2005 to 2008, he recorded 13 wins in a row against some of the best fighters in the world, including Ivan Menjivar, his opponent at UFC 157.

Menjivar celebrates victory (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

In their last battle, Menjivar connected with an illegal kick while Faber was on the ground, and “The California Kid” won by disqualification. That will not be the outcome this time.

Both of these guys are vets, combining for 66 total fights, and both are extremely well-rounded fighters. Both are good at stand-up, good with submissions, and are 50/50 when going to decision.

Since entering the UFC, Menjivar has racked up a better record, suffering only one loss to Mike Easton, and Faber is 2-2 in UFC action, with both losses coming by decision in title fights.

This is a tough one, and could easily go the distance, because, as is typical with these lighter weight classes, a knockout is unlikely. Since both fighters are good with submission defense, I can see Faber edging this one out by close decision.

Chase: This is a tough one to pick, as Dan put it. Menjivar has had a vast amount of experience in the cage, and he is one scrappy guy. He has fought high-caliber opponents, so don’t expect the Faber name these days to get to his nerves. Menjivar is coming off a win though, and his momentum carries more weight here.

However, Faber is not one to take a loss and then come in unprepared in his next outing. I expect Faber to come back and give a great performance in this one, but I don’t know if it will be enough. I will side with Faber to take home the win, but I have my doubts.

Faber (James Law/Heavy MMA)

Menjivar is a great fighter, and a well-rounded one at that, and his striking could be more precise than Faber’s in this fight. My biggest concern when watching Faber fight is his tendency to throw his head forward in his striking in a manner that puts him in a prime counter-striking position for his opponent. Despite the fact that his strength and speed help him avoid damage sometimes, Faber still needs to be careful in a stand-up game with Menjivar. I think he will edge out a decision, but I could see a TKO going to either of these men in the first.

Chacon: I think my confidence in Faber is about the same as that of Gregory.

As Gregory mentioned, Faber usually shows up well-prepared following a loss. Although he is 5-5 over his last 10 fights, he has never had consecutive losses. I’m also not quite sure which Faber is going to show up. We’ve seen him come out and be the aggressor looking to win the fight, but we’ve also seen him show up looking to simply not lose.

Both Faber and Menjivar have speed and power, and neither one really loses by submission (Menjivar did back in 2002). Everything I see points to this fight going the distance. I’m banking on Faber coming out with a sense of urgency and being the better man in this fight. If Faber can take Jose Aldo, Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao the distance, then he can certainly do the same to Menjivar. The only difference is that Faber will be impressive and take home the win.

Faber via split decision.

LHW: Dan Henderson (29-8) vs. Lyoto Machida (18-3)

Chacon: Dan Henderson’s biggest challenge is going to be shaking off any sort of ring rust that comes with not having a fight for 15 months. That layoff is the longest time between fights Henderson has endured during his career. At 42 years of age, it may be quite a factor.

Machida (Marcelo Alonso/Sherdog)

Lyoto Machida got back on the winning track with a knockout win over Ryan Bader six months ago. While he certainly isn’t as feared as he once was when he ran his professional record to 16-0, there is still a ton of fire inside Machida that he is looking to unleash on Henderson.

Hendo is going to stick to the plan that has allowed him to continue being successful into his early forties. He will circle around with Machida and maintain his patience while looking for an opening to land his iconic overhand right. Machida rarely stands in the same position for very long, however, and it will be hard for Henderson to get in and land the punch.

Although I’d love to see Henderson win and go out with a title shot, my common sense tells me Machida’s footwork and quick striking will be too much for Henderson to overcome. He might get caught with one of Henderson’s punches, but in the end Machida will have done enough to pull off a split decision win.

Chase: Joe hit on the biggest factor in this fight—ring rust. Age and time are against Henderson. On paper though, this is a fantastic match-up of styles. Henderson, being the stronger wrestler, will have that as a weapon, but these days, he cares more about the knockout punch. It has served him well, but against a guy like Machida, it could be just what the Brazilian wants.

Machida’s counter-striking will be the most significant part of this fight. Hendo has his “H-Bomb,” but he doesn’t have the speed. His “H-Bomb” is also more telegraphed than the strikes of Machida. I think Machida’s elusiveness will be a frustrating part of this fight for Hendo, and the 42-year-old must take this fight to the ground if he wants to dominate Machida.

Henderson (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Hendo always has the puncher’s chance here, and if he lands on Machida even once, you may see the Brazilian go down early. However, Machida, all around, will come in the more technical and fresh fighter, and it will lead him to a victory.

Kuhl: I love this match-up of former champions. Both are experts in their respective worlds of combat arts, and both have a ton of heart and skill.

Henderson’s best chance in this one is to take a page from the anti-Machida game plan utilized by his last opponent, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Shogun proved that when you take the fight to Machida, you can grind him down. That being said, things are not as easy as they may seem.

As my fellow panelists pointed out, Henderson’s historic match with Rua seems like it was a decade ago. And, from what Hendo has shown in the past, his power works great, but only against guys that continuously circle in one direction, e.g. Michael Bisping. That will not be the case with Machida.

Machida is an extremely elusive fighter, and his striking game is handed out with pinpoint accuracy. His takedown defense is also some of the best in the world, and Hendo could easily get stuffed repeatedly or possibly even eat a knee going for a single.

The biggest problem for Machida is the fact that, although Henderson looks like he’s been repeatedly hit in the face with a shovel, the former Pride star has never been knocked out, and a fight that goes the distance in this case could be anyone’s game.

I have Machida eluding the striking and takedowns of Hendo, while scoring the much-needed points to earn himself a unanimous decision victory.

Women’s BW Championship: Ronda Rousey (6-0) vs. Liz Carmouche (8-2)

Chase: This is a historic event in MMA and UFC history: a women’s fight headlines a UFC pay-per-view card. It also happens to pit two of the toughest females against each other. I’m anxious to see how Liz Carmouche will fare against the relentless submission game of Ronda Rousey, and to see if Rousey can be tested elsewhere, other than the ground.

Rousey (R) (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Rousey has made her name from her judo and her armbars. You may know they are coming, but the ball is in your court as to whether or not you can avoid it. It is no secret that Rousey will come out to try to submit Carmouche, but Carmouche will stand her ground well. The former U.S. Marine has the experience on the ground and the hands to put up the best challenge to Rousey she has yet to face.

Ultimately, Rousey will take this one by another first-round armbar, but Carmouche, with her well-rounded skill set, will give Rousey problems. I wouldn’t bet against Rousey right now, but I will predict that Carmouche will get a TKO or decision win if the fight doesn’t end in an armbar.

Kuhl: There’s no secret to this fight, which is why UFC President Dana White put all his cards into Rousey’s basket. Rousey has a one-dimensional game that has yet to be stopped. But, then again, anyone would if they had a 4th dan black belt and were an Olympic medalist in judo. When it comes down to it though, Rousey has never been battle tested beyond one round. She has less than two years experience in MMA, which makes it even stranger that White would give her a belt that could have just been awarded at the end of this fight.

Speaking of battle testing, Carmouche has finishes in all but one of her wins. She is both a striker and a grappler, so her game is very well-rounded. The biggest problem for Carmouche is that Rousey is such a Judo slickster, she not only has been able to outclass several BJJ experts, she was also able to effectively neutralize the tremendous striking game of Sarah Kaufman, who has ten wins by knockout.

Carmouche (Esther Lin/Invicta)

As much as I would like to think that Carmouche has the ability to give Rousey a much-needed run for her money, I just can’t predict that actually happening. I’m with Gregory on this one: Rousey by first-round armbar.

Chacon: I was on board with the Rousey hype train, and I know she is one of the best armbar artists in all of MMA. I do think, however, that Carmouche is going to be the most prepared fighter Rousey has had to face.

Rousey, self-admittedly, has one trick up her sleeve. She will come out and try to rush Carmouche while weathering any sort of punches she takes from her opponent. The goal is to get close enough to take her down and work towards that armbar. Let’s not forget that Carmouche lasted nearly four rounds with Marloes Coenen, who is also a submission artist.

Carmouche has five wins by knockout, and I’d love for her to beat Rousey, partly because I love Carmouche’s professional and grateful attitude, but also because I want to see what Dana and the UFC do when they realize Rousey is beatable. Hopefully, the promotion gives Carmouche the same great treatment it has been giving to Rousey.

Carmouche via third-round TKO.

Preliminary Card
WW: Nah-Shon Burrell (8-2) vs. Yuri Villefort (6-1)

Kuhl: Nah-Shon Burrell versus Yuri Villefort is a case of young and younger. Burrell, 23, is a knockout artist out of Philly, and Villefort, 21, is one of the original three Blackzilians and has an always evolving well-rounded game. If there’s one thing I learned in 2012, it’s “always bet on Blackzilian.” Villefort by second-round submission.

Chacon: True, but if there is one thing I learned from UFC 155 and 156, it’s to bet against the Blackzilians in 2013. Let’s face it, there isn’t much of a scouting report for either Burrell or Villefort. Just a little over two years ago, Burrell was fighting for an organization called Jake the Snake Promotions, and Villefort has only fought three times over the last five years. I’ll go with Burrell landing a knockout blow to Villefort in the second round.

Chase: I have to go with Joe on this one when it comes to the Blackzilians. 2012 may have served them well, but not so much recently. But, hey, the camp doesn’t tell the full story of the fighter that steps into the cage. I will have to go with Burrell for this one though, likely by decision.

WW: Neil Magny (7-1) vs. Jon Manley (7-1)

Chase: Identical records always make for a fun match-up. Submissions and decisions are the name of the games of these two fighters, so I will have to say this fight ends in a hard-fought decision. However, Jon Manley hasn’t fought in a long time, so I think Neil Magny comes out the victor here.

Chacon: How can you go against somebody with the last name of Manley? Well, when that Manley hasn’t fought since October 2011, it isn’t that difficult a choice. This fight has decision written all over it, and I’m not anticipating a very exciting fight. Hopefully I’m proven wrong. Magny will smother Manley for three long rounds en route to a unanimous decision win.

Kuhl: Promotional newcomer fights are usually pretty exciting, so this should be a great fight for early in the evening. Magny is a little more well-rounded as a fighter and has more explosiveness than Manley. I see Magny taking this one by TKO.

WW: Brock Jardine (9-2) vs. Kenny Robertson (11-2)

Chacon: Kenny Robertson will look to keep a foot within the UFC against Brock Jardine. Robertson has been in and out of the promotion and most likely faces seeing his walking papers once again should he put on a poor performance and lose to Jardine. I see Jardine, another fighter out of The Pit, coming out a little too aggressive and falling victim to the excellent ground game of Robertson. Jardine can win on the ground as well, but his best chance comes in keeping this fight standing up. I’ll go with Robertson with a third-round submission.

Kuhl: I would take this a step further and say both of these guys are fighting for their jobs. Both men are coming off decision losses on minor cards, and the placement alone on this card should be a red flag. Stylistically, this is a great match-up. These guys have great BJJ skills and knockout power. This one’s really a toss-up, but I’ll go the other way. I have Jardine by second-round TKO.

Chase: I have to go with Jardine in this one. He will keep this fight standing, and I think his hands will help him end it before the third round. Robertson is a bigger threat on the ground, as Joe suggested, but every fight starts standing. Jardine takes this one home.

LW: Caros Fodor (7-2) vs. Sam Stout (18-8-1)

Kuhl: Is Sam Stout on his way out? Is this some kind of stepping stone fight for Caros Fodor? Here’s the problem: Stout’s win-loss ratio tells us nothing about his career. In his nearly seven-year, 14-fight UFC run, he may only be batting .500, but he has fought some of the biggest lightweight names of his era, including Kenny Florian, Joe Lauzon and Matt Wiman, in addition to the whole Spencer Fisher trilogy. Stout is a bad dude that cannot be knocked out, and he has six “of the Night” performance bonuses. Fodor is good, especially on the ground, but he’s way out of his league. Stout by unanimous decision.

Chase: Dan makes a good point in regards to Stout’s track record. His opponents have all been tough guys, and he has had a great career. This is a fight I expect Stout to win, and win in dominant fashion. I predict a TKO victory for Stout, plain and simple.

Chacon: Hold on a second, fellas. Although Stout has a great bonus history, it takes two fighters to make a “Fight of the night.” Stout, known for power, only has two knockouts over the last five-plus years. Fodor will have those big eyes as he heads into the Octagon for the first time and will not let this opportunity pass him by. I’m going to go against the grain here and predict Fodor has a successful UFC debut by submitting Stout in the second round.

FW: Dennis Bermudez (9-3) vs. Matt Grice (15-4)

Chacon: I enjoy watching both of these guys fight. Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice are both pretty balanced when it comes to their fighting styles. Although Bermudez is five years younger than Grice, I expect the elder fighter to come out with more energy and utilize his quick hands to keep Bermudez off balance. This could very well be one of the more exciting fights of the night. I’ll go with Grice via split decision.

Chase: Tough fight to call here, but I will have to say Bermudez takes this one. He has the better momentum and the better hands. Grice might have speed, but I think Bermudez will impress us in this one.

Kuhl: Bermudez has a major problem protecting his neck, and Grice is an opportunistic fighter. I definitely don’t see this one going the distance. Look for Grice to submit the former TUF alum by the end of round two.

LW: Mike Chiesa (8-0) vs. Anton Kuivanen (17-5)

Chase: I have to go with Mike Chiesa in this one. It’s hard to bet against the undefeated fighter, even though Kuivanen is much more experienced in a cage. Chiesa has the momentum advantage here, and he is coming in off of finishes. Mentally, he will be ready and hungry to scrap. I expect a submission win for Chiesa.

Kuhl: Kuivanen was really good against his fellow Euro circuit competitors, but his UFC debut was fairly lackluster. He has the skills and a great camp at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., but Chiesa is so much better. Kuivanen is durable and can go the distance, but Chiesa is not going to let that happen. Chiesa by early submission.

Chacon: If you’re looking for a great stand-up fight, skip over this one. What we should see, however, is a good wrestling match between Chiesa and Kuivanen. Although Kuivanen is coming out of ATT, Chiesa has the perfect record and unquestionable drive that will pull him through for the win. I’ll make it unanimous in predicting a Chiesa submission win, and it will come early in the fight.

HW: Lavar Johnson (17-6) vs. Brendan Schaub (8-3)

Kuhl: More than any, this has “Knockout of the Night” written all over it. Both of these guys have made a career out of early knockouts, and this probably won’t make it past the first round. Brendan Schaub definitely has the bigger gas tank, but Lavar Johnson has way more experience. Schaub is a brown belt in BJJ, and Johnson has one of the premier wrestling camps in MMA at American Kickboxing Academy. Johnson has a lot of pent-up aggression, since Struve pulled guard on him last May, and I think we’ll see him taking that out on Schaub for a TKO in the first round.

Chacon: This has bad news for Schaub written all over it. Johnson is a much better fighter, in my opinion, than Schaub. Schaub does have a signature knockout over Mirko Cro Cop, but other than that we’ve seen him lying face down on the mat an awful lot lately. I agree with Dan—this fight won’t go past the first round. Johnson is going to land vicious punches to the head of Schaub, and Schaub will once again go down face first onto the canvas. Johnson via KO in the first round.

Chase: As much as I love Schaub, I think Johnson is going to KO him in the first round, as my fellow panelists have suggested. Schaub certainly has his own chance to knock out Johnson in the first, but I think Johnson will get to it before Schaub does. I will comfortably say this fight won’t go out of the first round, and one person’s legs are going to crumple.

Top Photo: Ronda Rousey (James Law/Heavy MMA)