Liz Carmouche returns to Strikeforce to face Sara McMann

By Al Stover

Strikeforce’s newest signee Sara McMann now has an opponent and date for her Strikeforce debut. She will face former title contender Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir, Nov. 3.

Carmouche will be returning to the Strikeforce cage after year’s absence. During her time away from Strikeforce, she scored victories over first-round TKO win Ashleigh Curry at Invicta FC 1, then submitted Kaitlin Young with a rear naked choke at Invicta FC 2.

She is the latest fighter to be involved with the Strikeforce-Invicta talent trade. However, unlike McMann and Cat Zingano who had been with Invicta before signing with Strikeforce, Carmouche was still under her Strikeforce contract while fighting for Invicta.

Carmouche, currently 7-2 in mixed martial arts, is a great test for McMann as she is known for her power and her killer instinct. Six of her Carmouche’s wins have finishes.

Her only losses have come to Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufman, both former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champions.

Other than the two losses, Carmouche, who had spent five years in the United States Marine Corps and did three tours of duty in the Middle East, has two wins in Strikeforce, including a TKO victory over former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight title contender Jan Finney.

If Carmouche can be the first opponent to defeat McMann, who is currently 6-0, she will no doubt be considered a top contender for Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.


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