Carla Esparza - Official UFC® Fighter Profile
Carla
Esparza
13-4-0( 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 5 fights.
Record: 13-4-0
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: 30
Height: 5' 1" ( 154 cm )
Weight: 115 lb ( 52 kg )
Reach 63"
Leg Reach 35"

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
381
38% Successful
146
Types of Successful Strikes
0
146
42% Standing
16%
42% Ground
61
24
61
Striking Defense
57
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
55
38% Successful
21
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
2
14
0
Takedown Defense
83
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
UPCOMING
Carla Esparza
UFC 219
Dec 30, 2017
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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 season 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
 
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 eight of her last eight bouts

 

· Three wins by KO, four by submission (4 RNC)

 

· Three first round finishes

 

· Lone losses were to Megumi Fujii (submission), Jedrzejczyk (TKO) Markos (split decision) and Jessica Aguilar (split decision)

 

· Owns victories over Nina Ansaroff, Felice Herrig, and Bec Rawlings

Career

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