Liz Carmouche, former United States marine who has served a tour in the Middle East or Sara McMann, 2004 Silver medalist in freestyle wrestling and current undefeated in MMA.
One of these two may be the next contender to face Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Carmouche and McMann are set to face each other at the Strikeforce Nov. 3 event.
In an interview with the “MMA Hour”, Rousey said she is looking to make a return to the cage some time in December or January.
While there have been talks that Rousey would face “Cyborg” Santos in her next fight, Rousey said she may face the winner of McMann and Carmouche if there is no response from Santos.
“That’s just what I think. I haven’t heard that from anyone official. Both of those girls are really high-class fighters. Of course Sara McMann, an Olympic medalist, she’s an elite athlete, and Liz Carmouche, not only is she extremely marketable with such a cool back-story, but she was beating Marloes [Coenen].”
Carmouche, who is the first openly gay fighter in Strikeforce, fought Coenen back in 2009 for the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight title as a replacement for Miesha Tate.
Although Carmouche was dominating most of the fight, Coenen was able to capture Carmouche with a triangle choke early in the fourth round. Carmouche is currently riding a two-fight winning streak.
The possibility of Rousey vs. McMann, whose 6-0 record matches the champion’s, has been a dream of fans, even before McMann started her MMA career.
Rousey said there was no official word on whether or not McMann vs. Carmouche would be a contender’s bout. With Santos’ refusal to drop down to 135 pounds, I don’t see any other two deserving women other than McMann and Carmouche.
Even if Santos were to drop to 135, she hasn’t fought in bantamweight. The only reasons she is getting the shot at Rousey is because the might is marketable, and the champion called her out.
The match between McMann and Carmouche should be a great one to watch on the ground as both fighters have extensive wrestling backgrounds. Carmouche may have more power, but McMann has the conditioning to withstand any hits.
Perhaps the winner of this match will finally answer the question.
Who can beat Rousey?
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