Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Birthday to MMA Fighter Liz Carmouche

Liz Carmouche was born today, February 19, in 1984. She is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Carmouche  competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the women's bantamweight division.

Carmouche competed in the first ever women's MMA match in the UFC when she competed against Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship at UFC 157. 

Carmouche was the first openly lesbian fighter in the UFC and was praised by company president Dana White for coming out.

Carmouche was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and grew up on Okinawa, Japan. She currently resides in San Diego, California and trains at San Diego Combat Academy.

Prior to becoming a professional MMA fighter, Carmouche spent five years in the Marine Corps as an aviation electrician during which she did three tours of duty in the Middle East.

Carmouche started her professional career in 2010, winning her first three fights via knockout or submission.

On August 13, 2010, she made her Strikeforce debut at Strikeforce Challengers 10 in a reserve bout for their one-night Women's Welterweight tournament. She defeated Colleen Schneider via unanimous decision after two rounds.

Carmouche is the spokesperson for Medical Marijuana Inc. on the cannabidiol (CBD) therapeutic benefits for athletes.

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