Twitter Reacts to Liz Carmouche’s Controversial Stoppage at Bellator 278, Carmouche Responds

In her opinion, Liz Carmouche believes referee Mike Beltran saved Juliana Velsaquez from a much worse fate during the Bellator 278 title fight.

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Liz Carmouche Bellator 278 - Image via @bellator Twitter

Liz Carmouche won the women’s flyweight title with a fourth-round TKO over Juliana Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) in the main event in Honolulu, but the finish occurred after what many believe was an earlier stoppage by referee Mike Beltran.

During the first four rounds, there was some close competition. Although Carmouche found success early with her leg kicks, Velasquez excelled at boxing. Two punches from Velasquez knocked Carmouche to the ground.

The momentum shifted slightly toward Carmouche as the bout entered the championship rounds, and she heated things up on the ground. Carmouche, now in a crucifix position, took aim at Velasquez’s head with short punches.

Clearly and audibly, Velasquez and her team were upset with how referee Mike Beltran handled the situation.

Results: Liz Carmouche def. Juliana Velasquez by TKO (elbows) – Round 4, 4:47 – women’s flyweight title

‘He did the right thing,’ Liz Carmouche says in regard to the controversial Bellator 278 title bout stoppage.

“I think he stepped in at the right time,” Liz Carmouche said during the post-fight press conference.

“I think if he’d let it continue, it could’ve been a broken orbital, it could’ve been her going unconscious. I think that when he stepped in, it was the right thing to do to protect the fighter, because she wasn’t doing anything to correctly advance her position safely, and she wasn’t doing anything to defend it, so she just kept taking it. Ending a fight that way, I’d much rather see the fighter step up and us be able to shake hands rather than her go to the hospital and not be able to remember what happened. So I think he did the right thing.”

Liz is not interested in a potential rematch.

“I hope not,” Carmouche said. “I get kind of bored with rematches. I like to see something different and kind of change it up. I love an opportunity to let someone else in the division work their way up and see what else I can show off in the cage.”

No matter how controversial Carmouche’s victory is, it’s her first major promotional title win. She had tried once with Strikeforce, and twice with UFC, but failed both times. Nonetheless, her fourth attempt resulted in her first career championship, which she made the most of. Carmouche is rightfully proud of that moment, however.

“I feel like all those opportunities were just lessons. They were mistakes and things I had to take away from it so I’d be prepared for today in Bellator, not any of the other organizations.”

In reaction to Carmouche’s Bellator 278 title win, the MMA community was outraged, and you can see the top reactions below.

Published on April 23, 2022 at 10:59 am
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