WASHINGTON – Liz Carmouche thinks her sudden release from the UFC could have been better handled.
An Iraq War veteran in the Marine Corps, Carmouche (13-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) was brought out for UFC DC fight week to serve as a guest fighter in the nation’s capital and to participate in promotional appearances, including a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Friday, in the midst of the fight-week happenings, Carmouche was notified she had been cut from the UFC. The move, she claims, was made a while back, but she was not notified until her management called her Friday.
A UFC official told MMA Junkie that matchmakers were not aware Carmouche was in Washington at the time of her release.
“I’m a little bit pained,” Carmouche told MMA Junkie. “They brought me out here and had me doing a lot of media obligations. I went to Arlington Cemetery and was part of the wreath ceremony. They brought me out as a veteran and as a fighter. Then today they had me going to the hospital and talking to different people and different wards – only to find out that I’d been released earlier. The news just finally trickled down to me.”
A two-time UFC title challenger, Carmouche is having a tough time wrapping her head around the situation. Carcmouhe believes she could have been home making money at work instead of doing the tour, and wasn’t happy the UFC didn’t even tell her to her face that she had been cut.
“It’s a little bit insane that you would (do that),” Carmouche said. “I took time off from work to be here at my own pocket expense. It’s a little bit sad. Then, two, that it would be done that way … I’m here with the UFC and you could have actually spoken to me firsthand then hear it from my management team.
“Especially during the holiday season. I have a four-year-old at home. My wife is at home and I’d love to be spending it with them. Especially saving up as much money to spoil them for Christmas. To take a week off from that definitely sucks and is kind of a setback. And to be done this way is definitely not a great taste.”