Liz Carmouche lost to Ronda Rousey at UFC 157 in Anaheim Saturday and has the battle scars to prove it.
At the postfight press conference, Carmouche showed off bite marks that Rousey left on her forearm during their fight.
Carmouche was a heavy underdog entering the fight, but she gave Rousey the toughest test the champion has ever had in her MMA career. Not only did she last longer than anyone had before (she didn’t tap until 11 seconds were left in the round), but she also probably came the closest to submitting Rousey than anyone else.
Carmouche jumped onto Rousey’s back and had a neck crank going early in the first round. That led to Carmouche receiving the bite marks on her arm:
Rousey eventually got Carmouche off her back and onto the ground. Carmouche made a mistake (in my opinion) by remaining on her back instead of standing up again. Rousey joined her on the ground, rolled for a bit, then got her to eventually submit via armbar.
Carmouche fought an excellent fight and did better against Rousey than anyone else had. Perhaps the most important thing Carmouche showed us is that Rousey is vulnerable. Her performance probably gives confidence to anyone else who may challenge Rousey in the future.
After the fight, Rousey did apologize for the bite, telling Carmouche, “It was not intentional at all, dude,” per FOX Sports’ A.J. Perez.
One person even noticed the bite marks as the fight was going on. Someone on Instagram named Alaskafighting shared this picture: