Bellator Signs Liz Carmouche
Following her release from the UFC early this December, it did not take long for Liz Carmouche to find a new home. Bellator MMA has announced via a press release they have signed the 35-year-old to an exclusive multi-year, multi-fight contract.
Carmouche (13-7) was let go from the promotion following an unanimous decision loss to Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko back in August. Prior to that she was on a two-fight win streak in her first run in the flyweight division. Overall, she was 5-5 with the promotion. Carmouche was let go by the UFC while doing promotional work for the company.
A former Marine, Carmouche now joins teammate and Bellator Flyweight Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in a stacked flyweight division. Macfarlane (10-0), who is set to defend her title against Kate Jackson at Bellator 236, called Carmouche immediately.
“That is my dream fight. Everybody always asks what my dream fight is and it’s always been Liz,” Macfarlane stated to Bloody Elbow. “It has always been my dream to fight her for the belt and retire after that fight. It’s a win-win almost. If she wins, then yes, I was her student. It was a mentor-student fight. She beat me, she won the belt, she’s amazing, I retire. But if I want, it’s like she passed the torch down.”
Carmouche’s first opponent for the promotion has not been announced yet. There may be a chance she joins the rumored Women’s Flyweight Grand Prix next year.