Liz Carmouche
Girlrilla

USA

Headlining vs. Shevchenko
FlyweightUFC
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.
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Will face Modafferi
FlyweightUFC
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.
Uses grappling to eek out win
FlyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
FlyweightUFC
December 12, 2018
Carmouche added a fight against Lucie Pudilova at UFC Prague on Feb. 23.
ANALYSIS
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
FlyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Will welcome Invicta champion to octagon
FlyweightUFC
May 1, 2018
Carmouche will take on Invicta FC 125-pound champion Jennifer Maia at UFC Boise on July 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Carmouche has been a staple since the UFC created female divisions, and has signature victories against Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade on her resume. She's 2-3 in her last five UFC bouts, however, dropping a split decision to Alexis Davis in December. Carmouche will look to get back on track against Maia, a 29-year-old Brazilian that is the owner of six-straight victories. Carmouche struggled a bit against the grappling of Davis in her last fight, representing an area she'll have to tighten up against Maia, who owns five submission victories.