UFC women’s bantamweight contender Liz Carmouche has been recognized as a one of the most compelling LGBT figures in the world by the well-respected Out magazine.
Now in its 19th year, the Out 100 list recognizes contributions from all walks of life, with honorees chosen from politics, sports, activism, entertainment and the arts.
Carmouche - who made history as the first woman to challenge for a UFC championship earlier this year - joins athletes Robbie Rogers (soccer), Brittney Griner (basketball), actors Sir Ian McKellen, Denis O’Hare and writer Bret Easton Ellis to name just a handful of the luminaries on the Out 100 2013 list.
Out Magazine notes: “Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche has led a remarkable professional life. A former Marine helicopter electrician, she served three tours of duty in the Middle East. Then, as a fighter in the UFC, she catapulted herself into the top 10 female fighters in mixed martial arts. She also holds the honor of being the first out gay fighter in the UFC.”