Liz Carmouche is an American mixed martial artist who made history when she competed in the first-ever women’s bout in UFC history. Born in Louisiana and raised in Okinawa, Carmouche spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to becoming an MMA fighter.
Carmouche made her pro MMA debut in March 2010, winning her first six fights in a row, including her Strikeforce debut in August 2010. She challenged Marloes Coenen for the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship in March 2011, but lost the bout via fourth-round submission. After two victories in Invicta FC, Carmouche and Rousey faced off for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship, the first women’s bout in UFC history. Carmouche lost the bout via first-round submission.
Carmouche holds victories over Jessica Andrade and Valentina Shevchenko.