UFC on Fox 8 featured an important women’s bantamweight bout between Liz Carmouche and Jessica Andrade. Carmouche was looking to make a statement tonight, as her last fight was a loss to current bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.
Early in the first round, Carmouche was able to take Andrade down, where she landed some good shots. Andrade would battle back, however, securing a beautiful guillotine near the end of the round. Carmouche proved to be too much for Andrade in the second round, where she was able to land blow after blow, forcing Herb Dean to step in.
This is a huge win for Carmouche, who now puts herself in line to challenge for the bantamweight title once again. In her first meeting with Rousey, she was able to lock on a rear naked choke, almost finishing the fight. With just a few tweaks to her game plan, she could very well be the next bantamweight champion. Carmouche showcased her grappling and brute strength, and she is a formidable opponent for any fighter at 135 pounds.
Miesha Tate and Rousey are set to square off after their TUF coaching gig. Carmouche could possibly challenge the winner, which would be great for women’s MMA. For Andrade, she showed tremendous heart in the fight, but it’s clear she needs some more experience and needs to shore up some things on the ground. Both Andrade and Carmouche put on an exciting fight, proving once again that women belong on the main card for any UFC event. Congrats to Carmouche on an impressive victory.