Liz Carmouche and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Express Interest in Potential Bout

Free agent and former UFC mainstay Liz Carmouche and the Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane fully agree that Carmouche would fit in well with Bellator and that a matchup between the two would make sense. After being released from the UFC …

Free agent and former UFC mainstay Liz Carmouche and the Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane fully agree that Carmouche would fit in well with Bellator and that a matchup between the two would make sense. After being released from the UFC last week, Liz Carmouche naturally began considering what lies in her MMA future. One […]

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Liz Carmouche Reveals Reason for UFC Release

Liz Carmouche wanted to know why she was released from the UFC, and she got her answer. Liz Carmouche competed in the very first UFC WMMA fight, challenging Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. In some light, it is apropos that h…

Liz Carmouche wanted to know why she was released from the UFC, and she got her answer. Liz Carmouche competed in the very first UFC WMMA fight, challenging Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. In some light, it is apropos that her final UFC fight was also for a world title. In both […]

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Liz Carmouche Says UFC Cut Her Because She Kept Beating Prospects

One notable piece of news that emerged last week was that former UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche was cut from the company. Carmouche had only just fought for the women’s flyweight title in a losing attempt against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC Uruguay back in August. She had won four of her last five fights going […]

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One notable piece of news that emerged last week was that former UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche was cut from the company.

Carmouche had only just fought for the women’s flyweight title in a losing attempt against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC Uruguay back in August. She had won four of her last five fights going into that bout.

But what was even more surprising was that she was cut while doing promotional work for the UFC in Washington D.C. She expanded on what happened in an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday:

“It’s been interesting,” she said. “I was out there in Washington D.C. so I had a lot of people that worked for the UFC just express their embarrassment and surprise, everything that occurred, just apologize. I just had to keep reassuring them, ‘You guys didn’t do anything, I have no hard feelings against you.’

“So it’s been interesting just to have so many differences. It seems like the communication between the head and the body were cut off. I just experienced that first hand.”

The reason why she was cut is even more bewildering. According to Carmouche, it was because she kept beating prospects in the flyweight division. In the process, the UFC couldn’t build up the division the way they wanted to:

“Since I’ve been with the organization, I had a lot of difficulty getting fights. … It’s because it seems like all the opponents I’ve been offered have turned down all the fights,” she explained. “… Constantly we’re just told everyone is saying no. And the reason they [UFC] gave is they’re really trying to build up the division and every female they’ve brought into the 125 pound division, I’ve been able to beat them.

“So it’s not really giving them the opportunity to build up the division the way they wanted to. So unfortunately, for the well-being of the division, they had to cut me to give me an opportunity to go elsewhere and get the fights I need.”

In a way, this isn’t shocking. After all, Colby Covington recently claimed the UFC was ready to cut him despite being on a win streak.

However, what do you make of Carmouche’s revelation?

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Liz Carmouche Reacts To UFC Release: ‘I’m A Little Bit Pained’

Liz Carmouche admits the way she was released by the UFC caught her off guard. Carmouche was brought out to UFC Washington for fight week. Little did she know, the promotion had already decided to release her. A UFC official told MMAJunkie that matchma…

Liz Carmouche admits the way she was released by the UFC caught her off guard. Carmouche was brought out to UFC Washington for fight week. Little did she know, the promotion had already decided to release her. A UFC official told MMAJunkie that matchmakers were unaware that Carmouche was serving as a guest fighter. Liz […]

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Liz Carmouche Released From UFC Contract

Liz Carmouche’s time with the UFC has come to an end. Carmouche hadn’t fought since August, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko for the women’s flyweight title. The loss ended a two-fight win streak from Carmouche. MMA Fighting reports that Carmouche was let go while in Washington D.C. doing promotional work for the […]

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Liz Carmouche’s time with the UFC has come to an end.

Carmouche hadn’t fought since August, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko for the women’s flyweight title. The loss ended a two-fight win streak from Carmouche. MMA Fighting reports that Carmouche was let go while in Washington D.C. doing promotional work for the UFC.

“Girl-Rilla” will always be etched in MMA record books as she was one-half of the first-ever women’s fight in UFC history. Carmouche lost to Ronda Rousey via first-round submission by way of an armbar. Over her time with the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Carmouche went 5-5 under their banner.

It’s certainly an interesting decision by the promotion to release Carmouche, who is one of the more recognizable names on the UFC’s women’s roster, and only came off a loss that was for a title.

What do you think about Carmouche being released from the UFC?

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Liz Carmouche Released By UFC

Liz Carmouche is no longer under contract with the UFC. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has reported that Carmouche has been released from the promotion. She found out she was cut while doing promotional work for the company in Washington D.C ahead of the u…

Liz Carmouche is no longer under contract with the UFC. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has reported that Carmouche has been released from the promotion. She found out she was cut while doing promotional work for the company in Washington D.C ahead of the upcoming UFC on ESPN 7 card. Carmouche is coming off of a title […]

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