Liz Carmouche looks to rebound after loss to Ronda Rousey

Liz Carmouche (right) hits Ronda Rousey during their UFC bantamweight title fight at the Honda...

Liz Carmouche (right) hits Ronda Rousey during their UFC bantamweight title fight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Feb. 23, 2013. (JEFF GROSS/Getty Images/AFP)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:01 PM ET

Liz (Girl-Rilla) Carmouche has replayed the moment she almost became a world champion in her mind countless times.

How could she not?

The former U.S. Marine was labelled a 12-to-1 underdog by oddsmakers going into her bout with women's bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey at UFC 157 in February. In the eyes of critics, she was simply a sacrificial lamb brought in to make Rousey look like a killer.

However, Carmouche quickly turned heads by trapping the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist in a gruesome neck crank attempt. In that instance, it appeared as though she was only seconds away from making her dream a reality.

But it was not meant to be, as Rousey managed to shake Carmouche off before setting up a fight-ending armbar.

Though she came up short that night, Carmouche isn't the type to dwell on what could have been. Sure, she's watched the fight on numerous occasions, but only because it will help improve her game.


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