Liz Carmouche
Girlrilla

USA

Debut at Bellator 243 postponed
FlyweightBellator
March 30, 2020
Carmouche will no longer make her Bellator debut against Mandy Brown at Bellator 243 on May 29, as the promotion has cancelled all of its May events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Carmouche was released from her UFC contract despite going 4-2 in her last six fights with the company, but the 36-year-old wanted to continue her career and inked a deal with Bellator MMA in December. She would have been a big favorite in her company debut, but it's now unclear if or when this fight might be rescheduled. The delay will also give flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane more time to recover from her five-round battle with Kate Jackson in December, and it's not entirely unheard of to give recent UFC signees immediate title shots. Look for more clarity to arise on the situation when Bellator begins to reschedule events, which hopefully can occur by late-summer or fall.
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Inks deal with Bellator promotion
FlyweightBellator
December 22, 2019
Carmouche signed a multiyear deal with Bellator on Friday after being cut from her UFC contract back on Dec. 9, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC had originally promised Carmouche that they would offer her a fight sometime in November or December of this year. Instead of finding her a match, Carmouche was released from the UFC. After not having competed since June of 2019, Carmouche is eager to get back into the ring and is looking to get a fight booked as early as February of 2020. While it may be too late to find a lane back to the UFC, Carmouche hopes to work her way up the Bellator ranks and earn her way to the top.
Released from UFC contract
FlyweightBellator
December 9, 2019
Carmouche was released from the UFC on Friday, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Carmouche competed in the first female fight in UFC history against Ronda Rousey at UFC 157 in 2013, but she was released from the promotion Friday following inconsistent production in the Octagon. The 35-year-old had a chance at the flyweight title, but that hope was dashed when she lost to Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision at UFC Montevideo in August, which brought her record with the promotion to 5-5. Carmouche had been asking to fight again, but she will have to search for another promotion prior to competing again.
Could have done more
FlyweightBellator
August 10, 2019
Carmouche lost to Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) at UFC Fight Night in Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Carmouche will almost certainly wake up on Sunday with regrets. She had a shot at the flyweight title and did not do enough to even challenge the champion. Carmouche landed only 18 significant strikes, which is the ninth lowest total in UFC history for a 25-minute fight. She went for a few takedowns and never really came close. Shevchenko also did not push the pace, but Carmouche may never get another title shot. It is hard to not think she could have done more to try to pull the upset.
Headlining vs. Shevchenko
FlyweightBellator
June 18, 2019
Carmouche will headline UFC on ESPN+ 14 with a flyweight title fight against Valentina Shevchenko, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Carmouche had originally been scheduled to face Roxanne Modafferi at UFC San Antonio on July 20, but that matchup will be put on hold in favor of her title shot. The former 135-pound title challenger has won two consecutive fights, and she has a victory over Shevchenko back in 2010 under the banner of C3 fights (prior to the UFC taking on female divisions). Carmouche is the older fighter with a one-inch height advantage, though both striking volume and striking differential lean in the direction of Shevchenko. One area Carmouche has the advantage in is takedown average (2.95 per 15 minutes), so she may look to avoid the kickboxing skills of the champion by attempting to turn this into a grappling match.
Will face Modafferi
FlyweightBellator
May 14, 2019
Carmouche will face off against Roxanne Modaferri in a flyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on ESPN on July 20 in San Antonio, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Carmouche has won four of her past five fights, only losing to Alexis Davis by split decision. Modaferri has alternated wins and losses across her past four bouts, most recently defeating Antonina Shevchenko by split decision. Carmouche likely has the better case for a title shot with a victory, as one of those recent wins came against No. 2 contender Katlyn Chookagian. Carmouche will enter at a disadvantage in both height and reach, but has far superior numbers in both striking defense and overall wrestling. She's recorded three or more takedowns in each of her last four fights, including the win against Chookagian.