According to an April 14 YouTube post from WMMAMedia, hard-hitting UFC bantamweight contender Liz Carmouche revealed in an interview with The Rock 105.3 that she is a germaphobe who feels compelled to clean excessively. Carmouche, 30, said she won't sit on her couch if she's dirty, and that she was freaking out when Alexis Davis' blood got on her at the UFC: Fight for the Troops event that went down last year.
Carmouche, the No. 8-ranked 135-pounder in the world, explained that it got in her head a bit when she cut Davis' eye open during that fight. She said she even stopped for a bit to wipe the blood off, before eventually continuing on. Carmouche would go on to lose to Davis via unanimous decision, costing her a shot to move up the bantamweight ladder.
It's certainly interesting that Carmouche would reveal just days before her scheduled UFC fight against Miesha Tate that she gets distracted by blood and germs. Tate, 27, could easily listen to Carmouche's interview and take away some tips to get in her opponent's head during the fight.
In the MMA game, anything can be a game-changer. A fighter could lose after slipping on the mat, or after suffering a minor distraction due to a wardrobe malfunction or something of that nature. With that said, Carmouche's fear of germs might actually play a factor in her fight against Tate.
If Tate is smart, she'll head into UFC on FOX 11 a little dirtier and smellier than usual. There's no rule stating that a fighter must shower before a bout, so Tate doesn't need to be clean when she goes to battle with Carmouche. Tate could get into Carmouche's head by smelling bad heading into the fight, as it would cause the Marine to think she might be dirty and filled with germs.
Carmouche, who has dropped two of her last three, admits she worries about various skin diseases that could be transmitted during an MMA fight. Tate could use that to her advantage by heading into UFC on FOX 11 as smelly as possible. UFC on FOX 11, which features a headliner of Travis Browne vs Fabricio Werdum, is set for April 19 in Florida.
Carmouche fights Tate in the co-main of UFC on FOX 11. The event also features Donald Cerrone vs Edson Barboza in the swing fight, plus Brad Tavares vs Yoel Romero in the main card opener. UFC on FOX 11 goes down at the Amway Center in Orlando.