UFC bantamweight Liz Carmouche learned her UFC on FOX 8 match-up with Miesha Tate had fallen apart along with the rest of the world as the result of “Cupcake” being pegged to replace Cat Zingano on TUF 18. Though the news was initially a shock, Carmouche has already changed her camp to suit new opponent Jessica Andrade and isn’t bothered by the switch so much as grateful for the chance to compete.
“It was a huge surprise to me, but I’m used to it,” said Carmouche in an interview with Fight Magazine. “Every fight that I’ve had until the last 2-3 fights have always been on two weeks or ten days notice, so it’s something I’m used to and I’m looking forward to it.”
Though Carmouche acknowledged Andrade lacks Tate’s name value, she isn’t bothered by the prospect of potentially picking up a win over any adversary in the Octagon.
“I had hoped the fight against Tate would lead up to that point where I’d be like, ‘Okay, I’m a contender right away.’ And it seems like (the change) is gonna put a little wrench in the plan but it doesn’t mean that’s not gonna happen. I’m looking forward to the path that’s gonna get me there because it’s always an amazing experience,” explained Carmouche. “I’m definitely hoping for another chance at the title. Whether that’s a year down the road, a month down the road…it’s whenever the UFC will let me have that opportunity.”
UFC on FOX 8 is scheduled for July 27 in Seattle. Carmouche is 8-3 with stoppages in all but one of her wins, while Andrade holds an overall record of 9-2 with four TKOs and five submissions.