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Rose Namajunas: ‘Zhang Weili’s just on a different level’ than Carla Esparza

Zhang Weili will likely next be getting another shot to become the third two-time women’s champion in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history. UFC 274 played host to an unfortunately abysmal Strawweight title rematch between former champion, Rose Namajunas, and the inaugural champion, Carla Esparza (watch highlights). “Cookie Monster” came out victorious once more, reopening the window of opportunity for the rest of the contenders waiting in the wings.
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Carla Esparza Updates Fans After Treatment & Sets Return Timeline

UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza is setting a timeline to return to action. Since winning the UFC strawweight title back in May, fans have been eager to hear when champion Carla Esparza would be back in the cage. Right after her victory over Rose Namajunas, there were conversations about who could be next for the new champ. Would Namajunas get an immediate rematch? Could it be a rising star like Marina Rodriguez? Or former champion Zhang Weili?
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Carla Esparza Provides Health Update After PRP Procedure, Return Date

Carla Esparza is looking to return to action in the winter. The UFC women’s strawweight champion recently underwent a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedure after suffering injuries from her last outing. She is now on the road to recovery as she undergoes physical therapy and took to social media to...

Jessica Andrade blocked by Carla Esparza on social media: ‘She’s going to have nowhere to run’

Jessica Andrade has been seeking a fight with Carla Esparza ever since she made her Strawweight debut in June 2016. Unfortunately for her, Andrade will likely have to wait until at least next year to eventually get this desired match up as both are on different paths at present. Once again the division’s titleholder, Esparza is expected to have her first title defense opposite the woman who dethroned Andrade in Aug. 2019, Zhang Weili.

Carla Esparza gives injury update, confirms she’ll fight by end of 2022

UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza will be in the octagon by the end of the year. ‘Cookie Monster’ faced off against Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 in May. It was a rematch of their showdown in December 2014, where Esparza won via submission. At UFC 274, the latter moved to 2-0 in the series, as she defeated ‘Thug Rose’ by a split decision.
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UFC champ Carla Esparza gives injury update, plans to return before year’s end

Carla Esparza believes she’ll be able to defend her newly won UFC strawweight title before the year comes to a close. The now two-time world champion defeated Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 in May to regain the title. Esparza likely will face former champ Zhang Weili in her first title defense, but it appears the nagging injuries she suffered in her win over Namajunas won’t keep her on the sidelines for too long.

Carla Esparza ‘would’ve loved’ Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch, not surprised by retirement

Unfortunately for Carla Esparza, she’ll never get redemption against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. At UFC 275 earlier this month (June 11, 2022), the legendary Polish striker called it a career after a tough second round knockout loss (watch highlights) to Zhang Weili in a rematch of their epic instant classic in March 2020 (watch highlights). Going into the bout, UFC President, Dana White, declared that the winner was next in line for the champion, Esparza.

Carla Esparza Dismisses ‘Classless’ Jéssica Andrade As A “Troll”

Carla Esparza knows she has a target on her back as the UFC’s strawweight champion, but she’s also not afraid to ignore the chatter of fighters looking for a chance at her belt. “The Cookie Monster” won the strawweight title from Rose Namajunas via split-decision at UFC 274...