liz-carmouche-4.jpgSEATTLE – Liz Carmouche got a slot in a UFC pay-per-view headliner, nearly pulled off a major championship upset, and strangers since have approached her to tell her she’s their role model. But she’s not satisfied.

As much as her octagon debut at UFC 157 changed her life, and as proud as she is to inspire a new wave of female fighters, she still has one goal on her mind.

“Hopefully after this fight, it’ll put me right back as being a contender for the belt,” she told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

“This fight” is a matchup with fellow bantamweight Jessica Andrade (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena, where Carmouche (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) gets a spot on the FOX-televised main card.

Initially, Carmouche was slated to fight Miesha Tate at Saturday’s event. However, when Tate was selected to replace injured Cat Zingano and coach opposite champion and rival Ronda Rousey on “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” she was left without an opponent. In fact, Carmouche feared the bout might be scrapped completely from the card.

“I’m grateful that the UFC kept the fight,” she said. “I wish it had been Miesha, but I’m glad I’m still in the UFC fighting.”

Initially, the former Marine wasn’t really familiar with Andrade, but after doing her research, she learned plenty about the UFC’s fourth youngest fighter. What Carmouche found was a 21-year-old who owns a 9-2 record with nine stoppages (five submissions and four knockouts). The busy schedule and success at such an early age told her a lot.

“That’s someone who’s hungry to be in this place and to be doing this,” Carmouche said. “She’s really talented, really powerful. She may be short, but she packs a good punch. She’s good at jiu-jitsu too.”

Carmouche, though, feels well-prepared. As was well-documented before her high-profile fight with Rousey, which garnered both women (and the UFC) a flood of mainstream attention, Carmouche led a spartan existence while training and working at Team Hurricane Awesome in San Diego. Before her fight with Rousey, Carmouche had one dedicated female training partner. Now? She has 10.

They all call Carmouche a role model, which is something she never expected but has learned to embrace. But Carmouche said her MMA career is still focused on one thing: winning the title.

First, though, she needs to get past Andrade. She then needs to watch UFC 168's title fight between Rousey and Tate, and hope that she gets the winner.

As for who that opponent could be?

“I don’t feel it’s going to be any different this time,” Carmouche said of the bout, referring to Rousey’s 2012 Strikeforce win over Tate. “I’m sure Miesha is preparing differently, and I certainly hope that helps her. But I honestly think Ronda is going to come out with the win again.”

For the latest on UFC on FOX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

VIDEO: Brock Lesnar Reacts to Jon Jones Being Pulled from UFC 200

  • 15 days ago
  • 33 views

Just hours removed from the news, new UFC 200 headliner Brock Lesnar reacts to Jon Jones being pulled from UFC 200 following a potential anti-doping violation. read news >>

Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia Shifted from UFC 202 to UFC on FOX 21 Main Event

  • 3 days ago
  • 41 views

The UFC on Tuesday pulled a welterweight match-up between Carlos Condit and Demian Maia from the UFC 202 fight card, making it the UFC on FOX 21 main event. read news >>

UFC on FOX 20 Fighter Pulled from Saturday’s Card Over Potential USADA Conflict

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

UFC fighter George Sullivan has been pulled from Saturday's UFC on FOX 20 fight card due to a potential compliance issue with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. read news >>

UFC on FOX 20’s George Sullivan ‘Shocked’ He Was Pulled from Fight Card

  • 17 hours ago
  • 16 views

While George Sullivan was pulled from UFC on FOX 20 due to supplements he voluntarily revealed, he was shocked that they resulted in him not fighting. read news >>

UFC on FOX 20 Joanna Jedrzejczyk Q&A Video Replay

  • 15 hours ago
  • 12 views

UFC women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczk answered questions from the fans prior to the UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko weigh-in on Friday. read news >>

UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko Weigh-in Video Replay

  • 13 hours ago
  • 11 views

The 22 fighters competing on Saturday's UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko fight card at the United Center in Chicago officially weighed in on Friday. read news >>

UFC on FOX 20: Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko Weigh-in Staredown Video

  • 12 hours ago
  • 28 views

Check out the UFC on FOX 20 main event weigh-in and staredown between former bantamweight champion Holly Holm and her opponent, Valentina Shevchenko. read news >>

Bellator 159 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Caldwell vs. Taimanglo Card

  • 7 hours ago
  • 19 views

"Baby" Joe Taimanglo has pulled the latest major upset in MMA. On Friday night in Mulvane, Kansas, the Guamanian knocked off Darrion Caldwell in the main event of Bellator 159 with a stunning third-r read news >>

Strawweight Felice Herrig Posts Weight-Cutting Selfie Before UFC on Fox 20

  • a day ago
  • 67 views

Weight-cutting is not a new concept in combat sports. But fight fans don't often get a behind-the-scenes look at the process—or the effects it can have on the body. Perhaps that's why a selfie from U read news >>

UFC on Fox 20: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • a day ago
  • 30 views

UFC on Fox 20 goes down Saturday from The Windy City, also known as Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is also known as The City of Broad Shoulders. That image might have some traction in the camp of one Hol read news >>