Liz Carmouche wants the trilogy fight vs. Valentina Shevchenko to happen.
Of course, the two fought nine years ago where Carmouche won by TKO. Then, in the main event of UFC Uruguay, it was Shevchenko who dominated the fight and won by decision as she won every round on each judge’s scorecards.
For Carmouche, she knew she should have done more and knows she can be better than that.
“Absolutely I should have pushed the pace more,” Carmouche said at the UFC Uruguay post-fight press conference (h/t Middle Easy). “There’s a lot I’ll have to go back on and look at the tape to see changes I want to do, and things I want to fix. But I think I could have pushed it more to have a better chance at getting the win.
“After seeing her hesitance and her caution tonight and her not execute her usual game plan and not have that cutthroat killer instinct that everybody knows, but actually be hesitant? That’s not something we’ve seen her do before, so I’d absolutely do it again, and do things differently, and actually take that belt from her.”
Meanwhile, given how Shevchenko looked in her last two fights being the aggressor, Carmouche expected her to fight like that. When she didn’t, it threw Carmouche off and realizes that impacted her strategy.
“I absolutely anticipated that she would be a lot more aggressive and less hesitant,” she said. “I think that because of the style that I was doing was throwing her off, but I thought that she’d be much more resilient in it, and be more aggressive off of that instead of being more cautious and hesitant.”
Whether or not Carmouche gets the trilogy fight is to be seen, but she wants it to happen. It also could make sense given they are 1-1.