The last time we saw Liz Carmouche in a UFC fight, it was back in August.

That night, in the headlining contest of UFC on ESPN+ 14 in Montevideo, Uruguay, Carmouche fought the promotion’s Women’s Flyweight titleholder, Valentina Shevchenko.

Shevchenko and Carmouche fought to a judges’ decision in the Aug. 10 main event, with Carmouche dropping a unanimous decision (50-45 on all three judges’ scorecards).

Valentina Shevchenko retained the belt that evening.

Less than four months later, last Friday, Liz Carmouche, who made history almost seven years ago by becoming the first women’s fighter in UFC promotional history to compete while openly lesbian, was released by the MMA promotion.

The UFC also released Renan Barao (34-9, one no-contest overall, 9-8 in the UFC) the same day, this on the heels of the latter’s five-fight losing streak.

Carmouche now enters free agency with a 13-7 overall professional record and a 7-5 record during her 12-fight stint in the UFC.

The move made by the UFC at the end of last week has me a little bit perplexed.

Yes, I understand that the sport of mixed martial arts is, like any other sport or even sports entertainment, for that matter, a business, first and foremost.

Yes, I understand that there are times where, due to the business side of MMA being what it occasionally is, decisions like this have to be made.

As is the case with any business, an employee, regardless of what they do or who they work for, can be let go from the company at any time—and often without any advance warning.

Most importantly, yes, I understand that the decision to cut Liz Carmouche was strictly a business move, nothing more, nothing less.

In my opinion, the move made by the UFC to sever its ties with Liz Carmouche in the aftermath of a failed bid at a UFC championship is a questionable one,

We’re talking about a fighter who, throughout her professional combat sports career, has never had a losing streak of longer than two fights and most often would win a fight after losing in her previous appearance.

Wherever Carmouche happens to end up, I think she’ll succeed.

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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Content Creator at Armchair MMA , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC.
My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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