Liz Carmouche quotes the Bellator 261 Media Day
Bellator 261 takes place on Friday June 25th live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Fist Festivities aired on Showtime. I spoke with Liz Carmouche at Bellator 261 Media Day ahead of her co-main event flyweight contest against undefeated Kana Watanabe.
I was just curious because Ronda Rousey’s name was mentioned earlier at the start of the fray. You work with Justin Flores, his longtime judo trainer.
You are preparing to fight someone who has been Olympic qualified in judo and who is a decorated player towards him. Do you think the tools are sharpened in the most ideal way for this kind of opponent?
“Yes, absolutely. Working with Justin Flores was really about my own growth. I didn’t know I was going to face Kana. It had by no means been set in stone or anything like that. It was just me who wanted to go out and get better as a fighter, and I had the opportunity to work with Justin and he was wonderful. It just happened to translate so well that the things I learned with him I can apply to use in this fight.
And just as a quick follow up out of curiosity because I had seen an article in which you attributed career longevity to the military. Just with Timothy Johnson also being a military veteran and having that background.
I wonder if you’ve had any interaction with Tim? Talk about these mutual experiences at all or not so much?
“No, unfortunately due to COVID, I haven’t really had any interaction with the other fighters. I usually do. I feel like there are times in the past when we would have it. opportunity to get to know each other. See our associations, our backgrounds whether military or otherwise. But due to COVID, we cannot interact with each other, we have to stay in our rooms separately. So I couldn’t basic touch in any of my fights with other fighters.
I’ve been in love with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve hosted MMA Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio talk shows with guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I have been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have commented live on GFL as well as FITE TV. I have provided written, audio and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA and King of the Cage. I have worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and have given play-by-play or featured promotions for KSW, ONE Championship, TKO and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate, MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka and Liberty Multimedia.