Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jessica Andrade steps in for injured Liz Carmouche at Sept. 5 UFC show

UFC officials announced today that Jessica Andrade has stepped in for an injured Liz Carmouche and will face Raquel Pennington at UFC 191 Sept. 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Raquel's original opponent was supposed to be Leslie Smith. But she got hurt before the fight was even announced and was replaced by Liz. This is a quick turnaround for Jessica as she beat Sarah Moras last month in San Diego. Several fans have asked me that if (fill in the blank) is willing to fight on short notice and has been sitting around, why would Jessica get this fight on a short turnaround. It takes two to tango and given a choice, I can understand why Raquel would want another shot at Jessica as Jessica won their first fight by split decision in Mar. 2014. I thought Jessica should have won by unanimous decision. She won the first two rounds and ran out of gas in the third. Raquel's corner gave her terrible advice and told her between rounds the fight was closer than it was. Raquel just didn't do enough to win that fight and the judges scored it closer than it was. This fight will air on the Fox Sports 1 prelims.


  1. Just out of curiosity, what happened to Liz Carmouche? What was her injury? Thanks Frank. Like the blog as always very good insights from you.

  2. They didn't say what the injury is.

  3. Thanks Frank, interesting.