It seems the former UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche won’t be a free agent for long.
The 35-year-old fighter was surprisingly released from UFC last week, even though she was coming off of a title fight against Valentina Shevchenko.
According to Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com, Bellator has already been in touch with Carmouche about signing with the promotion. At this point, Bellator is just waiting for the UFC to send out its official release papers.
Bellator has already made inroads to pick up Liz Carmouche. Waiting on official release papers from UFC.
— Steven Marrocco (@MMAFightingSM) December 9, 2019
If the American signs with Bellator MMA, she will immediately become a contender in both the promotion’s flyweight and bantamweight divisions. One potential conflict is that Carmouche’s friend and training partner Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is one of Bellator’s stars and its women’s flyweight champion. It’s unlikely that Carmouche would fight Macfarlane, but even if she doesn’t there are still plenty of other potential fights for her in both of Bellator’s 125lbs and 135lbs women’s divisions.