Carla Esparza - Official UFC® Fighter Profile
Carla
Esparza
14-6-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: #8 Women Strawweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 8 fights.
Record: 14-6-0
Summary: Wrestling, ground-and-pound, boxing

Fighter Info

Nickname: Cookie Monster
From: Los Angeles, California United States
Fights Out Of: Irvine, California United States
Age: 31
Height: 5' 1" ( 154 cm )
Weight: 115 lb ( 52 kg )
Reach 63"
Leg Reach 35"

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
632
38% Successful
243
Types of Successful Strikes
0
243
53% Standing
16%
30%
130
40
73
Striking Defense
53
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
70
36% Successful
25
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
3
15
2
Takedown Defense
40
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Loss
Carla Esparza
Sep 8, 2018
6
82
0
9
0
0
0
14
R3 KO/TKO
Loss
Carla Esparza
Jun 9, 2018
26
43
4
2
1
0
6
1
R3 Decision - Split
Win
Carla Esparza
Dec 30, 2017
38
48
1
2
0
1
2
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Carla Esparza
Jun 25, 2017
40
38
6
0
0
1
0
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
Carla Esparza
Feb 19, 2017
32
48
4
0
1
0
4
0
R3 Decision - Split
Win
Carla Esparza
Apr 23, 2016
28
26
5
0
0
0
4
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Carla Esparza
Mar 14, 2015
4
53
1
0
0
0
0
0
R2 KO/TKO
Carla Esparza
Dec 12, 2014
42
28
5
1
1
0
6
0
R3 Submission
Performance of the Night

Biography

TRAINING: I get about 3 workouts a day in. It varies from day to day. One session in the am, a run or strength & conditioning, then my last session at night.
 
When and why did you start training for fighting? In between wrestling seasons I started training jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai which I loved, then when I found out about MMA. It just made sense for me.

What ranks and titles have you held? First Invicta FC strawweight champ, former UFC women’s strawweight champion, TUF 20 winner

Do you have any heroes? My college wrestling coach and 2x Olympian Lee Allen (RIP).

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting for the UFC is a dream come true. I never thought it would be a possibility for women at all.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to college and wrestled for four years, earning a degree in business with a concentration in sports management.

What was your job before you started fighting? I finished my college degree and went straight to fighting and personal training.

Favorite grappling technique: RNC

Favorite Striking technique: Flying elbow
  • Team Pettis on TUF 20
  • Pro since 2010
  • Has won nine of her last 13
  • Three wins by KO, four by submission (4 RNC)
  • Three first round finishes
  • Lone losses were to Megumi Fujii (submission), Jedrzejczyk (TKO), Gadelha (split decision), Markos (split decision), Jessica Aguilar (split decision) and Suarez (TKO)
  • Owns victories over Nina Ansaroff, Felice Herrig, and Bec Rawlings

Career

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