Rivalries: Liz Carmouche | Flayer
Liz CarmoucheAll that’s missing is a major mixed martial arts title.
the Strike force,
Ultimate Fighting Championship and
Invicta Fighting Championships veteran will challenge the undefeated Juliana Velasquez for the Bellator MMA women’s flyweight crown in the
Bellator 278 headlining Friday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Carmouche, 38, is riding a three-fight winning streak in the five-round main event. She last competed at Bellator 261, where she routed Kana Watanabe with punches just 35 seconds into their June 25 encounter.
As Carmouche approaches his high-stakes battle with Velasquez, a look at some of the rivalries that have helped shape his career so far:
“Rumina” survived a major scare from the previously undefeated Carmouche and retained her women’s bantamweight championship when she submitted the former Marine with a triangle choke in the fourth round of their co-main event Strikeforce “Feijao vs. . Henderson’ on March 5, 2011. at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Coenen sealed the deal 1:29 into Round 4, and with that, a spectacular comeback was his. Carmouche bullied the Golden Glory standout for much of the game. A late replacement for the injured Miesha Tate, she downed, mounted and punished the seasoned titleholder with the ground and the pound in the second and third rounds. Coenen looked uncharacteristically uncomfortable on her back, as the challenger moved twice into a high mounted position and unleashed relentless volleys of punches and hammers. His right eye visibly swollen, Coenen again had to fight from his back in the fourth round. This time, however, she turned the tide in her favor. She trapped Carmouche in full guard, wrapped her legs around the challenger’s neck, tightened the choke triangle and waited for the tapout. Carmouche fought to free herself, but with no way to escape, surrender became her only option. A reluctant tapout followed.
Carmouche got the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight titleholder in serious trouble for the first time in her career before succumbing to what most considered inevitable: a first-round armbar in their heads. historic poster for UFC 157 on February 23, 2013 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Rousey called the tapout at 4:49 of the first round, putting a decisive end to the first women’s bout in UFC history. His last triumph was by far his toughest. Carmouche capitalized on the judoka’s signature aggression, moved onto her back just over a minute into the fight and got to work on her own submission, first with a standing choke at the back, then with a crank. Rousey was visibly distressed but fought pain and panic to free herself from Carmouche’s clutches. The former Olympic bronze medalist rocketed into first position and methodically softened Carmouche for her patent move. The challenger desperately tried to escape, but Rousey was relentless in her pursuit to the finish and eventually isolated the arm after a prolonged struggle.
Team Hurricane Awesome’s Carmouche dispatched the Brazilian powerhouse with a heavyweight to the ground in the second round of their UFC on Fox 8 women’s bantamweight showcase on July 27, 2013 at KeyArena in Seattle. Andrade left at 3:57 a.m. of the second round. Five months after failing in his bid to win UFC gold at 135 pounds, Carmouche was in great shape. The Lafayette, Louisiana native punched for multiple takedowns and withstood a guillotine choke attempt from Andrade in the first round. In the second, Carmouche made another takedown, switched to side control, mounted the export Parana Vale Tudo and threatened her with a fullback choke before dropping her ground and pound. Going from back control to full mount, Carmouche dropped heavy punches and sharp elbows with authority, eventually forcing the stoppage with a buildup of punches.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt moved to 2-0 in his head-to-head series with Carmouche when he earned a split decision in their UFC Fight Night 123 rematch on Dec. 9, 2017 at Save Mart Center. of Fresno, California. All three cage judges scored it 29-28:
Jason McCoy for Carmouche, Derek Cleary and Ron McCarthy for Davis. It was competitive from start to finish. Davis – who also edged out the Louisiana native at UFC Fight Night 31 in November 2013 – threatened a tight armbar in the first round and tripped her counterpart to the canvas in the second, using her ground and weight to pass guard and chew until the clock. Carmouche was at her best in the stand-up exchanges – she lifted a grotesque swelling on the left side of the Canadian’s face – and wobbled Davis in the third round, where she broke away with both hands before shooting a confusing withdrawal. Davis responded with another armbar and then took first place, closing the door on Team Hurricane Awesome’s favorite rep.
“Bullet” showed no signs of slowing down and dominated all rounds when she claimed a lopsided unanimous decision over Carmouche to retain her flyweight title in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 156 on the 10th. August 2019 at Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay. All three cage judges came to the same verdict: 50-45 for the incomparable Shevchenko, who avenged a September 2010 loss to the “Girl-Rilla” and tied their rivalry at 1-1 . Carmouche didn’t have much luck and looked like a fighter in touch with reality. Her passivity played right into Shevchenko’s hands, as the champion tore her apart with leg kicks, front kicks to the body, lightning-fast punches and even a few punches. back fist. She also managed Carmouche on the court, where she locked the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in first place for significant periods and made her all-court supremacy known.
Carmouche dazzled in her Bellator MMA debut, as she submitted “Vitamin D” with a rear-end choke in the third round of their featured Bellator 246 pairing on September 12, 2020 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Bennett – who was five pounds overweight for the flyweight bout – bowed out at 3:17 in the third round. The two women took turns at the reins throughout the first 10 minutes of a confrontation centered on grappling. Carmouche countered a third-round takedown, rolled behind the Killer B Combat Sports rep, and jumped out the back. Before Bennett realized the peril at hand, the chokehold was in place. Carmouche cut off all escape routes as they crashed to the canvas and caused the tapout. It was her first successfully executed submission in over eight years and established her as an immediate player at 125 pounds.