UFC bantamweight Liz Carmouche will always have a place in history as participating in the organization’s first female fight, as well as laying claim to the first openly gay Mixed Martial Artist to showcase skills in the Octagon. Of course, Carmouche is also champion Ronda Rousey’s first victim in the UFC and the first woman to lose inside the infamous eight-sided cage.
Though Carmouche is proud of her accomplishments on the positive front, that’s not to say she looks back on her loss to Rousey through rose-colored glasses. In fact, as Carmouche recently told The MMA Hour, she’s still not over the submission stumble.
“I’m my hardest critic. I expect the best of myself. I’m a perfectionist,” admitted Carmouche. “So it’s one of those things, unless I have a chance to reclaim it, I won’t be happy with myself.”
Carmouche can take a major step towards obtaining an opportunity to even the score with Rousey on July 27 when she faces Miesha Tate at UFC on FOX 8. Their meeting has been in the making for years, dating back to the talented twosome’s time in Strikeforce, and is one “Girl-Rilla” recognizes as a real challenge.
“She’s a really well-rounded fighter. I respect her a lot as an athlete,” said Carmouche, predicting, “I think our styles are going to match up really well. It’s going to be back and forth. I think it’s going to be who has the most heart…who puts the most work in. That’s what’s ultimately going to decide it.”
The 29-year old Carmouche is 8-3 in her career with seven stoppages, while Tate is 13-4 with past success against Zoila Gurgel, Julie Kedzie, Hitomi Akano, and Marloes Coenen. She too is coming off a loss, succumbing to strikes against top contender Cat Zingano in an exciting effort last month.