Liz Carmouche

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‘He should be held accountable’: MMA world reacts to controversial Liz Carmouche vs. Juliana Velasquez stoppage at Bellator 278

Liz Carmouche finally claimed a world title, but the win was steeped in controversy. Flyweight champion Juliana Velasquez was giving Carmouche all she could handle for the better part of twenty minutes at Bellator 278 in Honolulu on Friday night. Or at least, she was until late in the fourth round when Carmouche secured a takedown and advanced to the top crucifix position, where the UFC veteran began to drop short elbows on the champion’s face.
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Scott Coker open to Liz Carmouche vs. Juliana Velasquez rematch after controversial ending at Bellator 278

If Scott Coker has his way, an immediate rematch for the Bellator flyweight championship could happen in the near future. On Friday, Bellator 278 took place in Honolulu, Hawaii to start a doubleheader for the promotion and it was capped off by Liz Carmouche stopping Juliana Velasquez via fourth-round TKO in a tremendous comeback after being down on the scorecards heading into the championship stanzas. While Carmouche was in a dominant position from crucifix on the ground and landing some big elbows, many believe referee Mike Beltran stopped the fight too quickly and that an immediate rematch should be rebooked.

Liz Carmouche stops Juliana Velasquez to win Bellator women's flyweight title

Liz Carmouche fought twice for a UFC title. In Strikeforce, she challenged for gold once. In each of those three opportunities, the women's MMA pioneer came away emptyhanded. Carmouche was finally able to exorcise her championship demons Friday night. She rallied for a come-from-behind TKO victory at 4:47 of the fourth round to beat the previously undefeated Juliana Velasquez and win the Bellator women's flyweight title in the main event of Bellator 278 in Honolulu.
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Bellator 278 results, highlights: Liz Carmouche wins flyweight title with debatable TKO of Juliana Velasquez

Liz Carmouche has established herself as one of the foundations of American women's mixed martial arts, having competed across major promotions and even participating in the first women's bout in UFC history. What she had never done, however, was hold a major championship in the sport. That all changed on Friday night when Carmouche stopped Juliana Velasquez in the fourth round of their Bellator 278 main event to capture the Bellator flyweight championship.
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Liz Carmouche vs. Juliana Velasquez full fight video highlights

Watch Liz Carmouche vs. Juliana Velasquez full fight video highlights from their main event bout at Bellator 278, courtesy of Bellator MMA. Carmouche vs. Velasquez took place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. Former UFC contender Liz Carmouche (17-7) took on Juliana Velasquez (12-1) for the Bellator women’s flyweight title at Bellator 278. The fight aired live on Showtime.