Liz Carmouche may not have been the No. 1 choice in the eyes of many to face Ronda Rousey in the first-ever female fight for the UFC, but it’s something she’s been thinking about for a long time.
The two will collide this Saturday night in the main event of UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche for the UFC female bantamweight title.
Many speculated that Cris Cyborg, Sara McMann or Miesha Tate would be the first to fight Rousey inside the Octagon, but it was Carmouche – the former Marine – who accepted the fight.
“We’ve been training from day one (to face Rousey),” Carmouche said. “We just finally got the opportunity.”
Carmouche (8-2) has won both of her last two fights, submitting Kaitlin Young and finishing Ashleigh Curry in 2012. The 28-year-old suffered her first two career losses in 2011, falling to former Strikeforce champions Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufman.
Check out the complete pre-fight interview with Carmouche, courtesy the UFC, in the video below: