Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche is hoping a victory over Jessica Andrade on Saturday night (July 27, 2013) leads to a second opportunity to fight for the world championship.
Carmouche will kick off the main card of UFC on FOX 8 in Seattle, Wash., when she meets organizational newcomer Andrade in a pivotal match up at 135 pounds.
Obviously that fight didn't go the way Carmouche would have liked as she was submitted in the first round; however, the 29-year-old is hoping a solid performance against Andrade will vault her back into that No. 1 contenders position.
"Realistically I think this is going to make me a contender right away," Carmouche told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting. "I was going to be fighting Miesha [Tate], which if you think about it would potentially make me a contender. Now I'm hoping this will do that again."
While Carmouche's willingness to shoot for the stars is admirable, it's highly unlikely she will get a crack at the gold with just one win as Miesha Tate is already scheduled to challenge Rousey at UFC 168 in December and then Cat Zingano is on deck to challenge the winner sometime in early 2014.
Anything can happen between now and those future fights, but if Carmouche is hoping for a rematch with Rousey, she still has a lot of work to do in order to have a credible argument for a second fight after handily losing the first.
And it all starts with her fight against Andrade in "The Emerald City."
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