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Joanna Jędrzejczyk Dismisses Carla Esparza As Next SW Title Contender

Former champ Joanna Jędrzejczyk is not a big fan of the idea of champion Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza running their fight back again. Jędrzejczyk last stepped in the Octagon in March of 2020 at UFC 248 where she lost a split decision in a shoo-in for “fight of the year”. In particular, the former strawweight great faced Weili Zhang and despite it being a dragged-out war, the Polish striker came up short in the end. As a result of the fight, the former champion also took heavy damage with a notable hematoma on her forehead.
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk shoots down the idea of a UFC rematch between Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has shot down the idea of a title fight rematch between Carla Esparza and UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought since UFC 248 in March 2020, when she lost a spirited split decision to former champ Weili Zhang in one of the best fights of last year. Since then, the Polish fighter hasn’t stepped back into the Octagon, but she is hoping to return to the cage later this year, and she has been adamant that she fights for the belt when she returns. However, Esparza’s recent TKO win over Yan Xiaonan would indicate she’s next in line.
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Carla Esparza hopes UFC gives her next title shot against Rose Namajunas: “Come on Dana”

UFC women’s strawweight contender Carla Esparza hopes the UFC gives her the next title shot against Rose Namajunas, saying “Come on Dana.”. Esparza is coming off of an incredible TKO win over Yan Xiaonan at UFC Vegas 27 last weekend that was the statement she needed to make in order to earn a title shot with Namajunas. Esparza has now won her last five fights in a row, including notable victories over the likes of Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson during that stretch, and she’s hoping that the win over Yan in such devastating fashion will earn her the next title shot.
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UFC fighter rankings: Carla Esparza cracks top ten on women’s P4P list

The UFC is taking a rare break this coming out of UFC Vegas 27, which honestly didn’t bring a lot of intrigue. While the main event fight between Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt was quite good, Font shut out the former champ and stayed in the same place in the rankings. The co-main saw the most impact from a rankings perspective, with Carla Esparza making a case for a title shot at women’s bantamweight with a TKO win over Yan Xiaonan.
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Opinion: Making a case for Carla Esparza

After five consecutive wins over more than respectable competition, Carla Esparza called for the rematch she has been dying for on Saturday night. Not because she has to get one back against Rose Namajunas, but because Namajunas has something Esparza wants back: the UFC strawweight title. Given there is no one else with a comparable winning streak against the level of competition she has faced, it would only seem natural Esparza will get what she asked for… right?
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Carla Esparza Hits The Campaign Trail For Strawweight Title Shot

Carla Esparza is hopeful that the UFC will grant her a title shot. The former strawweight champion is waiting anxiously to be the next challenger to the newly crowned two-time UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas after dominating Yan Xiaonan in her most recent fight at UFC Vegas 27. Despite absolutely...
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Daniel Cormier says Carla Esparza deserves title shot but “having earned something doesn’t always equate to getting it”

Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier believes Carla Esparza should be next in line to challenge Rose Namajunas for the strawweight title. Esparza defeated Namajunas via submission by way of rear-naked choke on the TUF 20 finale to become the first ever UFC strawweight champion in December 2014, but subsequently lost the title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185.
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UFC Vegas 27 rankings update: Jack Hermansson, Carla Esparza among fighters moving up the ranks

Following UFC Vegas 27, the UFC’s rankings have been updated, with Jack Hermansson and Carla Esparza among the fighters moving up the ranks. Hermansson opened up the main card with a unanimous decision win over Edmen Shahbazyan. The UFC rankings panelists were impressed by what Hermansson did in the fight and he has moved up the promotion’s official rankings as a result, as “The Joker” is now ranked at No. 6 at middleweight, with Darren Till dropping down to the No. 7 spot.
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Carla Esparza sends respectful challenge to Rose Namajunas: “We started this division together… Round 2?”

Carla Esparza has issued a challenge to Rose Namajunas as she closes in on another shot at the UFC Strawweight Championship. Last Saturday night, Esparza firmly cemented her place as one of the division’s top contenders with a dominant TKO victory over Yan Xiaonan. It marked her fifth straight win and, in the eyes of many, has taken her to the doorstep of a title opportunity.
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Morning Report: Daniel Cormier says Carla Esparza deserves next title shot but ‘just having earned something doesn’t always equate to getting it in the UFC’

In the co-main event his past Saturday at UFC Vegas 27, former strawweight champion Carla Esparza staked her claim to another title shot with a second-round TKO over third-ranked Yan Xiaonan. It was a dominant performance from Esparza who repeatedly grounded Yan with takedowns and beat her up on the ground, finally finishing the fight from a mounted crucifix position. After the victory Esparza called for a shot at current strawweight champion Rose Namajunas who Esparza already has a history with, having beaten Namajunas to claim the inaugural strawweight title. But though many believe Esparza should be next in line, others, like UFC commentator and former two-division champion Daniel Cormier, are not so sure that’s in the cards.
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UFC Fight Night results: Carla Esparza rolls; Jack Hermansson dominates Edmen Shahbazyan

LAS VEGAS -- If Carla Esparza's goal was to cement herself as the UFC's No. 1 strawweight contender on Saturday, she certainly did everything she could to make it happen. Esparza (18-6) absolutely wrecked Chinese contender Yan Xiaonan (13-2) in their 115-pound co-main event, as she finished the fight via TKO at 2:58 of the second round. The fight, which took place at the UFC's Apex, could earn Esparza a title shot against the newly crowned champion Rose Namajunas.
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UFC on ESPN+ 46 Fight Night Bonuses: Carla Esparza Takes Home Extra $50,000

The UFC has announced post-fight bonuses for last night’s UFC on ESPN+ 46 event. The fight card was held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada and streamed live on ESPN+. It was closed to the general public. In the main event, Rob Font beat Cody Garbrandt by unanimous decision.
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Carla Esparza earns UFC Vegas 27 bonus for finishing Yan Xiaonan

Carla Esparza, Bruno Silva, Justin Tafa and Jared Vanderaa all came away from UFC Vegas 27 with $50,000 performance bonuses for their work at UFC Vegas 27. Vanderaa and Tafa were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses for their heavyweight slugfest, while Esparza and Silva were awarded for their TKO victories over Yan Xiaonan and Victor Rodriguez, respectively.