UFC 157 Exclusive: Liz Carmouche Opens Up On Sexuality, Being In The UFC Spotlight And Facing Ronda Rousey This Weekend | Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio
The “Girl-Rilla” Liz Carmouche is getting ready for the biggest fight of her career vs. Ronda Rousey on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Not only is it the biggest fight of her career but also the biggest fight for women’s MMA in general. Carmouche is challenging Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, and the first ever women’s fight in UFC history.
Liz Carmouche took a small break from training and preparing for this huge fight to talk to bjpenn.com’s fist-ta-cuff radio show this past Sunday. They started the interview out talking about all the publicity she’s getting and the notoriety she is receiving from this being such a huge fight. With everything going on to promote this fight the guys from fist-ta-cuff asked Carmouche to talk about how she’s handling the crazy ride she’s on right now.
“You know I honestly don’t think I’ve fully wrapped my mind around everything that’s going on, and I think it’s going to take the finishing part of the fight for me to go, oh shit that just happened.”
She was then asked about how it’s been with all the camera’s following her around for the UFC Primetime show the UFC is doing to promote the fight, and how she’s handling all the camera’s following her all day and night.
“Uh, the most difficult part is, well its kind of a mixture of two things. One just trying to have some alone time with my girlfriend, and you know just have some peace and quiet. Then I also want to engage with the camera crew and get to know them as people and not feel like it’s this one sided relationship where they are just asking me questions. That’s probably the hardest part because I see them and I’m like hey guys what’s going on, oh sorry you want me to pretend like I didn’t see you, oh let me keep going forward, (giggle).”
The guy’s from fist-ta-cuff also asked about the way the UFC was promoting the fight, and not just making it all about Rousey like people might of thought. Also with Carmouche having the connection with the Gay/Lesbian community and reaching that fan base. The guy’s from fist-ta-cuff were happy the UFC didn’t steer away from the topic and asked what she thought about it.
“I wondered how Zuffa was gonna approach it and um, they been nothing but supportive in trying to ask for feedback on who they should approach because they (UFC) want to embrace that community. They want to help me connect with them so that’s been amazing for the turn around that’s come with that.”
Carmouche hopes that her being open about her sexual preference will help the UFC and MMA in general with connecting with the gay/lesbian community, but also hopes that the UFC and MMA can also help others that are struggling with their sexuality.
“One of my dreams is that people will be able to look at me and see what I’ve done and see that they don’t have to hide it, they can come out if that’s something they want to do. I really hope that’s what will happen, that people will start becoming more open and opening up to the people around them. If that’s something they don’t want to do then that’s ok too, just know that it’s a possibility and they can do it if they want to.”
Then they talked about the huge fight with Ronda Rousey coming up Saturday, and asked where she thinks she has the advantage in this fight.
“I’ve had the experience of going the distance and having to show my endurance and show all my skills as well as go for quick finishes. That’s going to pay off in this fight, this wont be my first time trying to push, I’ve been there, I’ve done that and I’m ready to go at it again and show everybody just how much I’ve improved.”
Bjpenn.com’s fist-ta-cuff asked her if she did anything-different training wise, or preparation wise for this fight.
“No I treat this fight just like every other fight, yes it’s the most important fight of my career, but it’s still a fight. I have to keep that in perspective and not let the history of this fight take over, I have to treat it as though it’s just as important as every fight I’ve ever had and not look past it. Not look into it and just absorb it and run with it and that’s what I’ve been doing treating it like every fight and training like every fight.”
To here the rest of this interview and much more check out bjpenn.com’s Fist-ta-Cuff radio show episode 176.
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