|Born||February 19, 1984|
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
|Residence||San Diego, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
|Style||BJJ, Boxing, Kenpo, MCMAP|
|Fighting out of||San Diego, California, United States|
|Team||Team Hurricane Awesome|
|Rank||Black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Yellow belt in American Kenpo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Born||February 19, 1984|
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||2004 – 2009|
Liz Carmouche (born February 19, 1984) is an American mixed martial arts fighter who competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the Women's Flyweight and Women's Bantamweight divisions. At the time of her UFC departure, she was #4 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.
Carmouche competed in the first ever women's MMA match in the UFC when she competed against Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship at UFC 157. A two-time title challenger, Carmouche also challenged for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship in August 2019 against Valentina Shevchenko. Carmouche was the first openly lesbian fighter in the UFC and was praised by company president Dana White for coming out.
Early life and military service
Carmouche was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and grew up on Okinawa, Japan. She is of Lebanese, Irish and Cajun French descent. She currently resides in San Diego, California and trains at San Diego Combat Academy.
Mixed martial arts career
Carmouche started her professional career in 2010, winning her first three fights via knockout or submission.
On August 13, 2010, she made her Strikeforce debut at Strikeforce Challengers 10 in a reserve bout for their one-night Women's Welterweight tournament. She defeated Colleen Schneider via unanimous decision after two rounds.
On February 23, 2011, it was announced that number one title contender Miesha Tate had suffered a knee injury and that Carmouche would step in on short notice to face Women's Bantamweight (135 lbs) champion Marloes Coenen on March 5, 2011 at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. Carmouche was defeated via triangle choke in the fourth round, after dominating two of the previous rounds.
Invicta Fighting Championships
Ultimate Fighting Championship
It was announced at the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz pre-fight press conference by UFC President Dana White that former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey would be the very first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. It was confirmed by White that Carmouche would be challenging Rousey for the Women's Bantamweight title at UFC 157. In the early part of the first round, Carmouche locked in a standing rear-naked choke/face crank on Rousey. However, Rousey escaped and eventually finished the fight by armbar with 11 seconds left in the first round.
Carmouche was expected to face Miesha Tate at UFC on Fox 8 on July 27, 2013. However, Tate was pulled from the bout to participate as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 18. Carmouche instead faced promotional newcomer Jéssica Andrade. She won the fight by TKO in round two, earning her first win inside the Octagon.
On December 6, 2019, it was announced that Carmouche had been released from the UFC.
Championships and accomplishments
- 2010 – WMMA Press Awards Newcomer of the Year
Carmouche is openly lesbian. She has a tattoo on her left side representing the Chinese zodiac symbol of her mother and sister. Carmouche is the spokesperson for Medical Marijuana Inc. on the cannabidiol (CBD) therapeutic benefits for athletes.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||13 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||13–7||Valentina Shevchenko||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2||August 10, 2019||5||5:00||Montevideo, Uruguay||For the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||13–6||Lucie Pudilová||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos||February 23, 2019||3||5:00||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||12–6||Jennifer Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov||July 14, 2018||3||5:00||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Loss||11–6||Alexis Davis||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega||December 9, 2017||3||5:00||Fresno, California, United States||Flyweight debut.|
|Win||11–5||Katlyn Chookagian||Decision (split)||UFC 205||November 12, 2016||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||10–5||Lauren Murphy||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas||April 4, 2015||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||9–5||Miesha Tate||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Loss||9–4||Alexis Davis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops 3||November 6, 2013||3||5:00||Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||9–3||Jéssica Andrade||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||2||3:57||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Ronda Rousey||Submission (armbar)||UFC 157||February 23, 2013||1||4:49||Anaheim, California, United States||For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||8–2||Kaitlin Young||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann||July 28, 2012||2||3:34||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||7–2||Ashleigh Curry||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen||April 28, 2012||1||1:58||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Sarah Kaufman||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III||July 22, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–1||Marloes Coenen||Submission (triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson||March 5, 2011||4||1:29||Columbus, Ohio, United States||For the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Jan Finney||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro||November 19, 2010||3||1:30||Jackson, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||5–0||Valentina Shevchenko||TKO (doctor stoppage)||C3 Fights: Red River Rivalry||September 30, 2010||2||3:00||Concho, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4–0||Colleen Schneider||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor||August 13, 2010||2||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Tournament reserve bout.|
|Win||3–0||Margarita de la Cruz Ramirez||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 7||June 26, 2010||2||5:00||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||2–0||Aleena Albertson||Submission (armbar)||Native Fighting Championship 5||May 29, 2010||2||0:48||Campo, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Trudie Ginn||TKO (body kick)||Independent Event||March 13, 2010||1||2:59||Tijuana, Mexico|
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