Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Liz Carmouche vs Lauren Murphy added to Apr. 4 UFC show

The UFC announced today that Liz Carmouche vs Lauren Murphy has been added to UFC Fight Night 63 Apr. 4 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Since Liz was in the very first women's match in the UFC, it's been tough going for her. Last time we saw her she was losing a unanimous decision to Miesha Tate last April. Neither fighter was very impressive but Liz didn't do enough in the first two rounds to offset Miesha's dominant third round. Her trainer Manny Hernandez told her she needed to be more active in top position and she beat herself by not doing that. I actually scored the fight a draw. But Liz is now 1-3 in the UFC and this could be a must win for her or she risks getting cut. Lauren is a former Invicta champ who debuted in the UFC last August. She lost a split decision to Sara McMann but I scored it for Lauren. Sara was the heavy favourite going into the fight but she fought a safe fight and was lucky to squeak out a win. Lauren prefers striking but she showed in that fight that her ground defense is pretty good. She is originally from Alaska but she now trains at PLab in Phoenix. She will want to keep this fight standing. But Liz could take her down and turn it into another lay and pray split decision squeaker. Geez, I hope not.

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