Carmouche Dismisses Notion of Title Fight Jitters Against Coenen

By Mike Whitman

Liz Carmouche is headed into the most important bout of her nascent mixed martial arts career, but her title bid at Saturday’s Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” is far from the biggest fight of her life.

Prior to taking up a career as a fighter, Carmouche (Pictured) served for more than five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where she accompanied soldiers near the frontlines of battle.

“I was an electrician on helicopters. I did three tours of Iraq, and the last one I was attached to grunt unit [infantry],” said Carmouche during a media conference call last week. “That allowed me to do something that appealed to me, that most women don’t have the opportunity to do, because women aren’t allowed to be grunts for the military. So it got me as close to front line as I could get.”

On Saturday, Carmouche will take a crack at Strikeforce 135-pound women’s champion Marloes Coenen at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Coenen was originally slated to meet top contender Miesha Tate, but Carmouche was called on 11 days’ notice after Tate suffered a knee injury in training.

“I respect Marloes Coenen. She’s the world’s best, and this was an opportunity that I just couldn’t refuse. I’m excited for this fight,” said Carmouche. “I had no hesitation [in accepting the bout]. I try to stay in shape all year ‘round, so when I got the notice, I was ready for it.”


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