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Women's bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche she would "prefer" to fight dangerous submission specialist Ronda Rousey on the ground when UFC 157 arrives on Feb. 23, 2013. "Girl-rilla" claims that unlike others, she is "not scared" of Rousey or her deadly armbar.
"I honestly don't think Rousey has what it takes to beat me. The only person that can defeat me is myself. Everybody asks, ‘Yeah, how do you not get arm barred?' You just don't get arm barred. You haven't seen anyone be able to counter is yet so you know if she's going to put those hands on you you're flipped over, you're on your back and that's the end of it. Practice makes perfect, we're just not getting arm barred, we're doing arm-bar defense, attacks, counters. It's just a matter of having enough practice. I'd definitely prefer to take this to the ground, show her that she can't armbar me. I do think that everybody's afraid of Rousey, that's definitely one of those things that's kind of hindered people. I'm not scared. That first round is the most important part of the fight, if I can get through that it will definitely be a defeat in her eyes. This isn't going to be as easy for her as it was in the past, and that's probably the biggest hurdle for her...A lot of people say I'm just an easy person to armbar, and I'm OK with that, I'm just looking forward to proving everybody wrong."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight No. 1 contender Liz Carmouche tells UFC.com that she does not have any fear of 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey and her patented armbar submission going into their main event bout at UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" just two weeks from now (Feb. 23, 2013) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. "Girl-rilla" is working diligently on her submission defense in the final days leading up to the historic showdown and claims that if she had things her way, the fight would take place on the ground, despite the fact Rousey has submitted everyone who has stepped in the cage with her. While the 28-year-old may just be posturing with her nonchalant attitude towards Rousey's go-to submission, Carmouche does make a valid point regarding taking the fight outside the first round. The native of California has had fights that have gone into the third and fourth rounds --her last fight alone was longer than all of Rousey's professional bouts combined-- which means she knows that it takes to go into deep waters. Rousey, on the other hand, does not have that same experience with her longest bout going a mere four minutes and 27 seconds. Will Carmouche actually try and take "Rowdy" to the ground? Or is she just playing mind games? Find out by tuning into UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" live on pay-per-view (PPV) in just 14-days time.