MANILA, Philippines – Liz Carmouche said one of the advantages of being an underdog is that it also frees her from pressure.
That’s how she feels going into her women’s bantamweight title bout against title holder and heavily favored Ronda Rousey this weekend.
"The pressure isn't on me, the pressure's on Ronda," Carmouche said in MMA Fighting, referring to her UFC 157 bout with Rousey.
"It’s on her to defend the title and do a lot more media than I'm being asked to do, so the attention is mostly on her.”
Rousey, nicknamed “Rowdy” for her tendency to trash talk her opponents, attracts lots of media attention for her charisma and fighting skills.
Aside from being the first and current UFC women's bantamweight champion, she is also the former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion.
Rousey is also unbeaten in all of her six professional fights, finishing all of her foes by armbar in the first round.
But Carmouche has more experience as a pro than Rousey. The Louisiana native already has eight wins against two defeats.
Carmouche said she doesn’t mind not getting much attention ahead of the fight. “I plan on letting my actions do the talking," she said.
I'm coming in as the underdog and no one really expects anything out of me. So anything I do at this point is amazing, the pressure's off," she added.
ABS-CBN's Balls Channel will be airing UFC 157 : ROUSEY VS CARMOUCHE via satellite on Sunday, February 24 starting at 11:30 am.
Studio 23 will be airing a same day replay of this program.