Marloes Coenen now is focused on two other opponents: initial title challenger Miesha Tate, whom Carmouche replaced, and Strikeforce women's middleweight champ Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos.
"Liz is very, very talented, and she will be a champion someday," she said.
"I believe if you're champion, you have to fight anyone anytime," she said of facing late replacement Carmouche. "We had to tweak the game a little, but I was training for wrestling and the ground game. You're a fighter. You don't come up with excuses if you're a fighter."
Those last comments likely were a shot at Tate. Coenen questioned both the legitimacy of Tate's injury and her heart after she pulled out of the fight.
"I hope she sleeps good tonight," Coenen said with a smirk. "Scott (Coker) decides eventually, but she's on my list."
Coenen also wants a chance to avenge a loss to Strikeforce's 145-pound champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Coenen moved up in weight and suffered a TKO loss to the champ in early 2010, though she still believes the stoppage was early.
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