Liz Carmouche is a ten-year veteran of the sport of MMA. Having competed in several of the top MMA organizations, including Invicta and the UFC, Carmouche is now on the Bellator roster and couldn’t be happier about it. After a successful organizational debut back in September of 2020, Carmouche is ready to get back in the cage against Vanessa Porto on April 9 in Uncasville CT at Bellator 256. In the lead-up to the fight, Carmouche sat down with My MMA News to discuss the upcoming fight, her future in the sport, and more.
“The transition (to Bellator) has been great,” Carmouche said. “I think I’ve said this before, that Bellator is an organization that I’m familiar with. A lot of the staff were in Strikeforce previously. So it’s been a great transition to see all these familiar faces of people that I really like and to be able to rekindle friendships and Bellator is just a great organization that I’m happy to be with.”
Liz Carmouche has had a long and successful fight career so far, with no sign of slowing down. When asked what she attributes her longevity to she focused on her mindset.
“I think two things, the first is mental fortitude,” Carmouche explained. “The discipline that I have. In part, I think I have a Peter Pan complex so I don’t ever really see myself as aging. I think two, is that I never really focus or am happy with stagnation. I constantly want to evolve and grow. I think because of that I have been able to stay in the sport as long as I have. I am constantly evolving and I’m never satisfied with being mediocre.”
The fight against Porto will be the co-main event of a very big Bellator event. The stretch of Bellator events this spring are centered around the light heavyweight Grand Prix and showcasing new signees to the promotion. Carmouche has a chance to steal the show much like she did her last time in the cage. If all goes well, Carmouche is expecting a title shot her next time out.
“Everything I do is to get myself in title contention,” Carmouche said. “Starting off in the organization and getting a strong finish, and hopefully in this one coming out with a strong finish will put me right on track for a title fight.”
Bellator 256 will air on Showtime, the new home of Bellator MMA on April 9. The vent is headlined by a light heavyweight Grand Prix showdown between champion Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida. The main card starts at 9 pm EST.