Liz Carmouche believes win over Jennifer Maia puts her in flyweight title contention


UFC Women’s Flyweight Liz Carmouche (11-6) is already a part of WMMA history, being the woman who fought Ronda Rousey for the inaugural Women’s Bantamweight title.

In fact, Rousey was in a precarious position against Carmouche, who had backmounted Rousey and was going for a rear naked choke. Even though she would eventually lose to Rousey’s patented armbar, she has significant Octagon wins against Jessica Andrade, Lauren Murphy, and Katlyn Chookagian.

But the “Girl-Rilla” is not resting on her laurels. Now fighting at flyweight, she’s angling for a title shot. While she doesn’t know if that shot would be against current champ Nicco Montano or number one contender Valentina Shevchenko, she knows that her upcoming fight against UFC newcomer Jennifer Maia is a pivotal matchup.


“She brings a lot to the fight, she’s a well-rounded fighter. So I in no way think this is gonna be an easy fight going in there. I know it’s going to be a good fight and struggle and there’s not an element of MMA that we’re going to touch upon that isn’t going to be a real fight — so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Carmouche is confident in no small part due to her new weight class. Carmouche says she “felt sluggish” at bantamweight. She says,

“I think it was too much weight that was being held on, because it’s not the weight I should’ve been competing in. I was walking around way too close to 135. I was typically walking around at 140. Most people in that class are cutting down to that, that was my walk-around weight. 125 just makes more sense for me because I’m faster, I don’t feel sluggish, I feel much stronger and I feel like I’m on even-keeled ground with any opponent I go against.”

She adds, “Not only was my health better going into that fight, but I felt great. So I knew there was no question that 125 is the weight class for me.”

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What do you think? Will Carmouche prevail against Maia?

Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.


    1. You and me both. It’s hard to believe that, if not a title contender fight, it’s one step from being a title contender fight, and it’s not being televised. One would think that this would be an excellent way to build exposure for the fledgling flyweight division (my thanks to Rodney P; it kind of just roles off the tongue). I would give Liz the edge in this fight but I don’t think a victory should give the winner an immediate shot at the title. Since it may still be a while for Val vs. Nicco, the winner of this fight should face the winner of Katlyn vs. Alexis.

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