Liz Carmouche

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Liz Carmouche
Born (1984-02-19) February 19, 1984 (age 33)
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Other names Girl-Rilla
Residence San Diego, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Reach 66.0 in (168 cm)[1]
Style BJJ, Boxing, Kenpo, MCMAP, Judo,
Fighting out of San Diego, California, United States
Team Team Hurricane Awesome
Trainer Manolo Hernandez
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Yellow belt in Kenpo[3]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 6
By submission 2
By decision 3
Losses 5
By submission 2
By decision 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Military career
Born (1984-02-19) February 19, 1984 (age 33)
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 2004 – 2009

Liz Carmouche (born February 19, 1984) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. Carmouche currently competes for UFC in the women's bantamweight division.

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. Carmouche is the first openly lesbian fighter in the UFC and was praised by company president Dana White for coming out.[4]

Carmouche is currently the #8-ranked 135-pound female MMA fighter in the world according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[5]

As of September 6, 2015, she is #10 in official UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[6]

Early life and military service[edit]

Carmouche was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and grew up on Okinawa. She is of Lebanese, Irish and Cajun descent.[7] She currently resides in San Diego, California and trains at San Diego Combat Academy.

She went to Okinawa Christian School International in Japan graduating in the class of 2003. She is currently attending San Diego City College studying Kinesiology.[8]

Prior to becoming a professional MMA fighter, Carmouche spent five years in the Marine Corps as an aviation electrician [9] during which she did three tours of duty in the Middle East.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[10] She defeated Colleen Schneider via unanimous decision after two rounds.[11]

Carmouche returned to the promotion at Strikeforce Challengers 12 on November 19, 2010,[12] where she defeated Jan Finney via TKO in the third round.[13][14]

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.[15] Carmouche was defeated via triangle choke in the fourth round, after dominating two of the previous rounds.[16]

On July 22, 2011, Carmouche faced Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was defeated by unanimous decision.[17]

Carmouche was scheduled to return to Strikeforce to face Sara McMann at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir on November 3, 2012,[18] but the event was cancelled.[19]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Carmouche faced Ashleigh Curry at Invicta Fighting Championships 1 on April 28, 2012.[20] She won the fight via TKO in the first round.[21]

Carmouche faced Kaitlin Young at Invicta Fighting Championships 2 on July 28, 2012.[22] She won the fight via submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.[23]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[24]

Carmouche was expected to face Miesha Tate at UFC on Fox 8 on July 27, 2013.[25] However, Tate was pulled from the bout to participate as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 18.[26] Carmouche instead faced promotional newcomer Jéssica Andrade. She won the fight by TKO in round two, earning her first win inside the Octagon.[27][28]

In her third UFC fight, Carmouche faced Alexis Davis on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[29] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[30][31]

Carmouche faced Miesha Tate in the co-main event at UFC on Fox 11.[32] She lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Carmouche faced Lauren Murphy on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[33] She won the fight by unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • 2010 – WMMA Press Awards Newcomer of the Year[34]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 (retirement) 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

Personal life[edit]

Carmouche is openly lesbian.[35] She has a tattoo on her left side representing the Chinese zodiac symbol of her mother and sister.[36] Carmouche is single.[37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Liz Carmouche - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ Key Martial Arts/The Dojo Oceanside, CA
  4. ^ "Dana White on gay fighter Liz Carmouche: 'I love what she did'". 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  5. ^ "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  6. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  7. ^ a b "Liz Carmouche's Bio". 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Meet Liz Carmouche". 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  10. ^ "Strikeforce Women's Tournament Reserve Bout Set". 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  11. ^ "Miesha Tate Wins Strikeforce Women's Tournament". 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  12. ^ "Finney vs Carmouche Planned For November 19th". 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  13. ^ "Strikeforce Challengers 12 Live Play-By-Play & Results". 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  14. ^ "Wilcox Outboxes 'Shaolin,' Calls Out Beerbohm". 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  15. ^ "Tate out at "Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson," Carmouche challenges Coenen for belt". 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  16. ^ "Champ Comes Back: Marloes Coenen Submits Liz Carmouche". 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  17. ^ "Strikeforce Challengers 17 Live Play-By-Play & Results". 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  18. ^ "Sara McMann vs. Liz Carmouche Slated for Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir". 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  19. ^ "Strikeforce cancels Nov. 3 event in Oklahoma City, plans January return". 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  20. ^ "Invicta Fighting Championships 1 Main Card Bouts Revealed". 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  21. ^ "Invicta FC 1 Results: Marloes Coenen, Jessica Penne Victorious". 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  22. ^ "Liz Carmouche vs Kaitlin Young Booked For Invicta FC 2 Card". 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  23. ^ "Invicta FC 2 Results: McMann, Davis & Carmouche Victorious". 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  24. ^ "Ronda Rousey now has championship belt, first UFC opponent". 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  25. ^ "Johnson vs. Moraga at UFC on FOX". 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  26. ^ A.J. Perez (2013-05-28). "Tate replacing Zingano on TUF". Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  27. ^ "Liz Carmouche, Germaine De Randamie Win At UFC On FOX 8". 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  28. ^ "UFC on FOX 8 results/photos: Liz Carmouche pounds out Jessica Andrade in second". 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  29. ^ "Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis booked for 'UFN 31: UFC Fight for the Troops 3'". 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  30. ^ "Alexis Davis, Amanda Nunes Victorious At UFC Fight Night 31". 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  31. ^ "UFC Fight Night 31 results, photos: Alexis Davis kicks way past Liz Carmouche". 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  32. ^ Steven Marrocco (2014-01-13). "UFC on FOX 11 heads to Florida with Werdum vs. Browne, Tate vs. Carmouche". Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  34. ^ "WMMA Press Awards 2010". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  35. ^ Davidson, Neil (25 July 2013). "UFC to make history with two openly lesbian fighters set to face off in Seattle". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  36. ^
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