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Liz Carmouche Triumphs with Leg Kicks, but Friendship Remains Unshaken

Sometimes camaraderie and friendship can often be set aside in the pursuit of victory. Such was the case when flyweight champion Liz Carmouche faced off against Ilima-Lei Macfarlane at Bellator 300, where an unexpected twist of fate showcased the true spirit of sportsmanship.

Bellator president Scott Coker had anticipated that the friendship between Carmouche (20-7) and Macfarlane (13-3) would be set aside once the bell rang. However, the two friends displayed remarkable sportsmanship even in the heat of battle.

The opening round of their championship clash saw the two fighters circling each other, with Macfarlane taking the initiative in offense, although neither landed significant strikes. Referee Blake Grice called for action before the second round, hoping to ignite a spark, but the fighters continued cautiously.

It wasn't until the third round that the fight took an unexpected turn. Carmouche began to find success with leg kicks, causing visible damage to Macfarlane's left leg. The relentless leg kicks continued into the fourth round, with Carmouche dropping Macfarlane to the canvas. Despite the opportunity to finish, Carmouche chose not to capitalize on her friend's vulnerability, allowing Macfarlane to get back on her feet.

As the fight progressed, Macfarlane was visibly affected by the leg kicks, and by the end of the fourth round, she hobbled back to her corner. The writing was on the wall, and it was clear that the leg kicks were taking their toll.

The turning point came early in the fifth round, just 17 seconds in. Carmouche landed one final leg kick as Macfarlane closed the distance, and it proved to be the decisive blow. The challenger buckled under the weight of the leg kick, forcing referee Blake Grice to intervene and stop the fight.

While the ending may not have been what Carmouche had envisioned, the friendship between the two fighters remained intact. The display of respect and sportsmanship between Carmouche and Macfarlane serves as a testament to the true essence of the sport.


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