Liz Carmouche


Could have done more
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.
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.
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Headlining vs. Shevchenko
June 18, 2019
Carmouche will headline UFC on ESPN+ 14 with a flyweight title fight against Valentina Shevchenko, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
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
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.
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.
Uses grappling to eek out win
February 23, 2019
Carmouche defeated Lucie Pudilova via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
The 30-27 scorecard isn't an accurate representation of this fight, as long stretches passed without either competitor doing much of anything. Carmouche was able to get ahead due to her control against the fence and takedowns but she was reversed at the end of Rounds 2 and 3, which led to her eating a few hammerfists. Carmouche is a strong, skilled positional grappler who may be underrated on the feet but she just hasn't seemed to have enough urgency down the stretch in recent fights. Regardless, she improves to 13-6 in professional MMA as a result of the victory, having won four of her last five contests.
Booked vs. Pudilova
December 12, 2018
Carmouche added a fight against Lucie Pudilova at UFC Prague on Feb. 23.
Carmouche recently won an exhilarating bout versus Jennifer Maia in Boise, Idaho in July. "Girlrilla" has claimed a victory in three of her past four outings, though she hasn't earned a stoppage win since facing Jessica Andrade in 2013. Pudilova enters this fight having lost to Irene Aldana her last time out via split decision in September.
Puts together vintage performance in win over Jennifer Maia
July 14, 2018
Carmouche defeated Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
One of the true pioneers of women's MMA, Carmouche continues to go about her business. The 34-year-old connected on 4-of-5 takedown attempts en route to 6:24 worth of control time and an 111-71 edge in total strikes landed. Carmouche is one of the strongest women in the sport and she has shown an ability to fight in multiple weight classes. Liz is 3-3 in her last six fights and she is without a stoppage win in nearly five years, but Saturday showed that Carmouche still has plenty left in the tank.