UFC president Dana White identified Carmouche as the first opponent for newly announced women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey yesterday at the UFC on FOX 5 pre-fight press conference.
The two fighters will headline UFC 157 on February 26, 2013 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
For Carmouche, it’s still a bit of a shock for her as she tells MMAFighting.com that she has yet to process the news herself.
“I got a call from Dana about an hour before the they made the announcement,” Carmouche said. “It was the first time I’ve ever talked to Dana. It came together that quick. I was out clothes shopping, and just like that I’ve gone from not having a fight to being in the UFC and getting my dream fight just like that.”
“I still haven’t processed it,” Carmouche said. “I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it. It was the type of thing I dreamed about when I got into the sport a couple years ago, but to have it happen this fast … like I said, I still haven’t processed it.”
Carmouche has won two straight, both of which happened inside the Invicta FC cage earlier this year with a submission win over Kaitlin Young and a TKO finish of Ashleigh Curry.