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Liz Carmouche Surprised Many In Ronda Rousey Bout

Liz Carmouche was happy to just be a part of the historic first female fight in the UFC. Many questioned her ability to defeat champion Ronda Rousey, but she proved to be one of the toughest challenges by outlasting any other opponent.

“Going into that fight with Ronda, nobody expected anything of me,” said Carmouche to MMA Junkie. “They expected it to be a 10 second win for her. They certainly didn’t expect me to ever have her questioning whether she was going to win.”

Before UFC 157 in February, Carmouche was 8-2. She was riding a pair of wins from Invicta FC before tapping to Rousey’s armbar at 4:49 of round one.

Rousey has never had an amateur or pro fight go into round two. Of her seven pro wins, five have been under a minute and all ended via armbar.

Carmouche returns at UFC on FOX 8 against newcomer Jessica Andrade. It’s July 27 from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA.