The UFC stunned the MMA world last weekend by announcing they had released former two-time title-challenger, Liz Carmouche.
Carmouche (13-7-0) fought Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight title in the first ever women’s UFC fight back in 2013. In her most recent showing this past August, she fought Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight belt. The 35-year-old has picked up wins over Jennifer Maia, Katlyn Chookagian and Jessica Andrade during her UFC run, making the news of her release a very surprising one.
During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Carmouche reveals the real reason she was released by the organization.
“The reason that they gave is that they’re really trying to build up the division and every female that they’ve brought into the 125-pound division, I’ve been able to beat them,” said Carmouche. “So it’s not really giving them the opportunity to build up the division the way they’ve wanted to. So for the best well-being of the division, they had to cut me to give me an opportunity to go elsewhere and get the fights I need.”
“What that tells me is that [other fighters are] so scared of me [the UFC] can’t do anything about it,” Carmouche said. “I mean, it would be worse if they were like, you’re just not good enough, we’re just gonna have to cut you. Instead of, all the females are afraid of me. I’d much rather have it fear for them than it be that I just wasn’t skilled enough or made a mistake that cost it.”
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