Today, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Liz Carmouche to you, an American mixed martial arts fighter. She competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (FC) in the Women’s Bantamweight and Women’s Flyweight division, and she is currently competing in the Bellator MMA.

This is only a short introduction to her life. We can hear her inspirational story through this Liz Carmouche Interview.

1. Who Is Liz Carmouche?

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Q: Who is Liz Carmouche? Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself – background, profession, how long you’ve been competing for?

Liz Carmouche

A: I grew up in Okinawa, Japan. I joined the marine corps at 20. I served five years in the marine corps and did three combat tours to Iraq. After my enlistment in the marines, I began training and competing in MMA while simultaneously going to college full time.

2. What Is Your Approach To Nutrition?

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Q: What is your approach to nutrition, and what does your diet look like on a day-to-day basis?

Liz Carmouche

A: I tend to follow a strict nutritional plan. I treat nutrition more as fuel for a machine taking into consideration avoidance of high inflammatory foods. I try to stick to one cheat meal a week. I seem to eat more carbs than most athletes, but I also work out more than most needing the complex carbs to burn.

3. What’s Your Favorite Strike/Submission To Use In Any Fight?

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Q: What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight? Do you like to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?

Liz Carmouche

A: I really don’t have a preference for Striking or be it in on the ground. I’ve had more finishes on the ground than standing. I really like landing elbows.

4. What Does It Take To Become A Winner?

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Q: What does it take to become a winner? Is it easy for you to reach any goal that you’ve put your mind on to, and how do you motivate yourself to do so?

Liz Carmouche

A: It takes a lot of hard work to become a winner and mental fortitude. I set high goals that are difficult to reach. I motivate myself by setting small goals that lead to my bigger goals. And when I want to take a break I imagine that my opponents are training and working hard. That usually pushes me to get into gear and to stop slacking.

5. What Does Your Typical Day Look Like?

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Q: What does a typical day/week look like? What is your favorite part of training?

Liz Carmouche

A: I typically start the day at 6 am. I do mediation, slow-fasted cardio, and shadowboxing. I then usually train jiu-jitsu for an hour, followed by striking for MMA. In the early afternoon, I’ll train judo/wrestling and then strength and condition.

My favorite part of training is learning something new—that moment when you’re trying something new, and it clicks.

6. What’s Your Biggest Accomplishment?

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Q: What is your biggest accomplishment, and what is your biggest motivation? How do you stay motivated? What do you think are your biggest strengths as a female fighter?

Liz Carmouche

A: My biggest accomplishment at this point is staying true to who I am. I’ve made history in countless ways as a result. My biggest motivation is my family. I think my biggest strength as a female fighter is my mental fortitude.

7. Who Is Your Biggest Inspiration?

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Q: Who are your idol and biggest inspiration, and how do you want to be remembered? If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would It be?

Liz Carmouche

A: My biggest inspiration is my wife. She’s overcome so much adversity in her life and still works to uplift the people around her. If I could have one dream fight, it would be against Sara Mcmann. I really like who she is as a person, her work ethic, and it would make an exciting fight for fans.

8. How Do You Handle Criticism?

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Q: You are the first openly lesbian fighter in the UFC, also the spokesperson for Medical Marijuana Inc. on the cannabidiol (CBD) therapeutic benefits for athletes. These topics are not covered enough in the society we live in because people are not open-minded like some of us, and you had the courage to talk about that. How do you handle criticism?

Liz Carmouche

A: I try not to listen. Honestly, I would say I avoid criticism. When it does occur, I just remind myself that most of the people are trying to be hurtful and not empower them with a response.

9. How Did You Handle the Lockdowns?

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Q: Many people found 2020 as a big challenge. Professionals also found it hard to keep in shape. How did you handle the situation, especially with the lockdowns?

Liz Carmouche

A: 2020 was really difficult. At the time, I worked in a gym on top of training at a gym. In California, all gyms were closed. I had to get really creative with home workouts. I was also fortunate that my wife is also a fighter and was able to help me train at home.

10. What Is Your Message to The World?

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Q: Your motto and message to the world for all the ladies who want to choose this path?

Liz Carmouche

A: I live by the idea that I am the only person that can set boundaries. So as long as I never set a cap on the possibility, I can achieve anything I set my sights on. To women looking to choose the path, I would say be selfish and unwavering in your efforts to achieve your goals.

Final Thoughts

Thank you, Liz, for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. It was a pleasure to have you here today. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and I hope we get to talk soon. If you want to know more information about her life and achievements, check out Liz Carmouche’s Official Wikipedia Page.


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