For one brief shining moment, Liz Carmouche was on top of the women's MMA world, most specifically when Ronda Rousey was wearing her like a backpack and taking a bite out of her arm. Carmouche was the benefit of a division suddenly at the forefront of it's sport with only one name fighter to carry it. She received the outsized treatment that can come when vaunted challengers are scarce. But along with the best comes the rest, and Liz is now getting the karmic backlash for getting a title shot she didn't quite deserve.
She was scheduled to face Miesha Tate, in a fight that, if she won, would be the biggest victory of her career. Despite fighting 7 times in the biggest promotions that WMMA has to offer, she has yet to earn a victory over a single opponent with a winning record. While she certainly isn't a bad fighter, it's about time that her career track was dialed back a bit. In perspective then, this change may be a good thing.
Following Cat Zingano's recent ACL blowout, Carmouche's fight with Miesha Tate has been scrapped as Tate moves on to coach the upcoming season of TUF 18 (whether she deserves that shot is a whole different story). Carmouche will now be getting UFC newcomer Jessica Andrade.
Andrade is a young bantamweight fighter from Brazil. At only 21 years of age she has a decent record (9-2) against some decent competition, having scored a win over Duda Yankovich and losing a recent decision to Invicta fighter Jennifer Maia. She's got good punching power with 4 wins coming by KO/TKO and a standout submission game having racked up 5 subs, with 4 coming by way of guillotine choke. The bad news is at 5' 3" she'll be giving up a decent amount of size to the "Girl-rilla" which bodes poorly against Carmouche's wrestle heavy game.
I'm always glad to see the UFC fill out it's paper thin women's division, and Andrade is definitely a decent prospect. She's much more of an opponent in line with Carmouche's career accomplishments to date. I still have to think that the fight will be a bit one sided, but I'll be interested to see what Andrade has to offer.
UFC on Fox 8 will take place on July 27th, in Seattle Washington. Here's the updated fight card: