In the last few days the UFC announced several intriguing bouts. One that has me exciting is the fight between former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Lauren Murphy and former UFC title contender Liz Carmouche. These two will go head-to-head, April 4, on a card that is headlined by Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas.
On one side you side you have Murphy, who made the jump to the octagon less than a year after she won the Invicta belt. She dropped a split-decision to Sara McMann in her UFC debut. Before that she won her first eight fights, finishing six. Despite the loss, Murphy showed she belonged in the octagon.
On the other side you have Carmouche, who is coming off back-to-back losses against Alexis Davis and Miesha Tate. Over the last several years Carmouche has become a household name in mixed martial arts and inspiration to the fans.
This fight is intriguing for several reasons. Carmouche and Murphy both have good striking, as well as grappling skills. Between their 17-combined wins, 14 of them are finishes.
One aspect of Carmouche’s that is matched by few is her power, which she can use to knock out her opponents or take them down before unloaded some ground-and-pound.
As for Murphy, she has great durability. She’s stood across from some powerful opponents – Sarah D’Alelio and Kaitlin Young – and went the distance before getting the decision win.
Another reason this should be an exciting fight is because both competitors have their backs against the wall. Murphy will be looking for her first win inside of the octagon and get the biggest win of her career. Carmouche is looking to climb back up the ladder to title contention and a win over Murphy could start that ascension.