Carmouche (12-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) swept the scorecards for a unanimous decision against Maia (15-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with a trio of 30-27 scores.
The women’s bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 133 event at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.
Carmouche fired a pair of big hooks right out of the gate, but Maia dodged them and started looking for openings. Carmouche landed a push kick 30 seconds in, then came behind it with the another pair of hooks. A minute in, Carmouche failed at a body lock, but went back to it and landed a takedown in the center of the cage.
She moved into side control and landed short elbows to Maia’s head. Maia scramed out and got back to her feet and pushed Carmouche’s back to the fence. With 1:45 left, the referee broke them after a statelemate on the fence. Carmouche landed a right hook, then moved away from Maia’s combination with 45 seconds left. Maia landed a solid punch with 30 seconds left, but Carmouche landed a pair of kicks to follow.
Maia came forward nicely two minutes into the second round, but Carmouche was quick to be right back after her with a counter. They traded punches midway through, then Maia tied things up on the fence. With 90 seconds left, the referee broke them apart. In the final minute, Carmouche got another big takedown like the first, and again went to side control. Carmouche landed knees, then brilliantly stepped over to full mount in the final 15 seconds. She landed ground-and-pound late, then had a late armbar attempt right at the horn.
Twenty seconds into the final frame, when Maia tried to fix an issue with her top, Carmouche took advantage and took her right back to the canvas. Maia tried to spin for a leg submission attempt, but Carmouche stuffed it and whipped her back down. With three minutes left, Carmouche beautifully moved from guard to full mount again. Maia gave her back and was able to recover to half-guard after that. Maia eventually recovered to full guard, then got back to her feet with 45 seconds left but couldn’t mount enough offense to matter.
“I’m very happy with how things went tonight,” Carmouche said. “I always want the finish, but if that doesn’t happen, I just want to be dominant and dynamic. When I fight a black belt, I want that submission. When I fight a world-class striker, I want to knock her out. I feel that the team I have now is allowing me to continue to grow, and that’s what I’m most excited about.
“I fought in the UFC’s first women’s title bout and my goals have never changed: I want to take that belt.”
Carmouche got back in the win column after a loss this past December and has won three of her past four. Maia had a six-fight winning streak snapped in her promotional debut.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 133 results include:
- Liz Carmouche def. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mark De La Rosa def. Elias Garcia via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:00
- Jessica Aguilar def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- UFC Fight Night 133 results: Mark De La Rosa finishes Elias Garcia with the family choke
- UFC Fight Night 133 results: Jessica Aguilar tops Jodie Esquibel for first UFC win
- MMA's week out of the cage: GSP meets Chuck Norris, Anderson Silva hangs with Ludacris
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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