Go ahead, make a joke about “pointy elbows”.
Heads up Potato Nation: one of our own is scrapping tonight. Liz Carmouche is a fan of CagePotato in good standing, along with several members of her team. Maybe you remember them: Team Hurricane Awesome MMA Team of Awesomeness? Yup, they like us over there, and we like them. Now, we’re not making any promises, but Girl-Rilla may shout out the Nation before and/or after her fight. Also possibly during the fight, depending on how things go.
Carmouche was a military brat, grew up in Japan, and spent much of her young life being active at the insistence of her mom, and tried everything from ballet (which she says may help keep her from stumbling over her own feet in the cage) to studying martial arts in Okinawa (no idea how that could help), and plenty of organized sports in between. She went on to serve in the military herself, enlisting as a Marine when she was 20. She worked on choppers, deployed to the Middle East, and left after five years to go to college.
She still stays active today, listing her other interests — you know, the things she does to relax — as skydiving, snowboarding, surfing, and riding her motorcycle. When she’s not going to school or sweating, you may catch her chillling with her pets and girlfriend.
Carmouche is currently pursuing a degree in kinesiology, which we thought was super impressive — she can move things with her mind! Carmouche insists that she isn’t a mutant and anyone can learn, but we noticed that she failed to answer us when we asked if she had any other super powers: pyrokenesis, telepathy, clairvoyance, the death touch, superhuman strength and agility, a healing factor … she wouldn’t say.
Carmouche certainly seemed to have something going for her when she took on Strikeforce reigning champ Marloes Coenen in March. After Miesha Tate dropped out, Carmouche took the fight with less than two weeks to prepare, and gave the Golden Glory champ all she could handle. Carmouche lost the fight to a fourth-round triangle, but it was an impressive performance that turned quite a few heads.
Expect another impressive performance — and a good match — again tonight. Carmouche faces former champ Sarah Kaufman, whom Carmouche calls a tougher challenge than Coenen. Both ladies are strong and aggressive, so don’t tune in for a boring fight. And when Girl-Rilla enters the cage, pump your fist just a little bit for her — she’s one of us.