Former strawweight champion Carla Esparza might be getting a chance to get her title back as she is next in line to face the current UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. If the fight does happen between these two then it will be a rematch 7 years in the making. The duo previously fought in 2014. In December 2013, it was announced that Carla Esparza was signed by the UFC along with 10 other strawweight fighters which included Rose, to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which would crown the first-ever UFC Strawweight Champion.
Both Carla and Rose fought their way through the entire tournament and finally met in the finals of the tournament. The duo faced each other in the finals of the tournament on December 12, 2014. Carla Esparza dominated Rose in all aspects of the game. She used her size and strength to pin down Rose and used her elite grappling to win the first 2 rounds. In the third round of the fight, Carla took the back of Rose and submitted her via rare naked choke to become the first-ever women’s strawweight champion.
In her first title defense, Esparza faced Joanna Jedrzejczyk on March 14, 2015, at UFC 185. The fight was beaten down by Joanna as she battered Carla for the entire first round before finishing her in the second round of the fight. Jedrzejczyk won the title via TKO in the second round.
Now after seven years of fighting hard to get on the top of the division, Carla is back on the top and is about to fight for the title against the opponent whom she first defeated to become the champion. Carla Esparza is riding an amazing 5 fight winning streak.
Recently UFC President Dana White was asked about who he thinks should face the UFC strawweight championship Rose Namajunas.
“Carla Esparza (is next),” White told ESPN in a recent interview. “100 percent.”
Rose Namajunas in her last interview accepted the challenge of Carla Esparza as she feels that his fight interests her the most at the moment.
“It’s the only one that makes sense,” Namajunas said. “I can fight anybody, but nothing really interests me other than Carla.”
Rose Namajunas is a two-time and current UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. She won her first title after defeating Joanna at UFC 217 by first-round TKO. She recently began her second title reign after dethroning Zhang Weili in the first round via TKO.
- Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza UFC title rematch next
- Rose Namajunas accepted the challenge of Carla Esparza
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