Carmouche has been all about making history in her career, and there's only one way she sees to make it again.
"It's going to have to be the first person to win the 125-pound belt and making that history," Carmouche said. "If they actually include 125 in the UFC, then having that belt will be the next significant historical marker I can make.
"Every time I do an interview or get the chance to pick [the UFC's] brain I'm constantly lobbying for 125 because I'm so tiny at 135, [so] it just doesn't make sense. In the same turn, 115 pounds is too small so I'm just going to take what they have."
"I can make 125 no problem," Carmouche said. "Right now I basically just manage to make the weight on fight week, but getting down to 125 I can do easily. If they open that weight class and let me in, I'm confident I can absolutely murder that division.
"I'm just going to keep it moving. The UFC knows to call me if and when that division opens up. I'm in their ear all the time about it. I hope they include 125, but I'm not going to miss an opportunity. A fighter only has so long to have a career, and the longer I sit on the shelf, the less likely it is I'll be able to keep going. I'd rather just stay active instead of waiting a year or two down the road before I can fight again.
"Getting that belt changes everything for me," she added. "I feel having a belt would give me a little more bargaining ground with the UFC as far as things you want to do. If I won the bantamweight belt then I feel like I could go to them and say, 'Open up the 125 division and let me take that belt as well.' If nothing else….let me get this belt to open up that 125-pound division."
Now Liz is the latest in a long line of female fighters who've requested a Flyweight class. Now when the Featherweight division was created everyone thought that would be the last additional weight class in the UFC for the foreseeable future but demand may just force Dana's hand.
Let's take a look at just how many ladies have expressed interest or already fought in a 125 division.
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Joanne Calderwood
- Valerie Letourneau
- Liz Carmouche
- Jessica Andrade
- Anastasia Yankova - Not UFC but dime piece
- Ronda Rousey
- Cat Zingano
- Julianna Pena
- Jessica Eye
- Leslie Smith
- Alexis Davis
- Katlyn Chookagian