Carla Esparza is hopeful that the UFC will grant her a title shot.
The previous strawweight champion is ready anxiously to be the subsequent challenger to the newly topped two-time UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas after dominating Yan Xiaonan in her most up-to-date battle at UFC Vegas 27.
Regardless of completely mauling Xiaonan within the battle and ending her in spherical 2 by TKO, UFC president appeared reasonably coy within the post-fight interview, mentioning that he wasn’t too certain whether or not to grant Esparza the title shot simply but.
In a latest interview with ESPN, Esparza was barely irked by the truth that Dana White didn’t give a transparent minimize opponent for the strawweight champion Namajunas’s subsequent opponent. The talks of a potential rematch with Zhang Weili and Namajunas confused Esparza, believing the previous Chinese language champion is in no place to ask for a right away rematch after being completed within the first spherical by Namajunas to lose the strawweight title at UFC 261.
“I do know he was positively impressed with the battle,” Esparza informed ESPN. “However you wish to hear these phrases ‘You bought the battle, it’s your battle’. So till I hear these phrases, I’m not going to rely my chickens earlier than they hatch. However I’m hopeful. There are talks of it going to Weili too, however that battle doesn’t make sense. It’s not like she’s had 5-10 title defenses and she or he misplaced in a fluke. I don’t assume she’s in a spot to ask for a right away rematch, however I believe she’s a terrific fighter.”
Esparza is at the moment on a 5 battle successful streak defeating the likes of Virna Jandiroba, Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez. Her final loss was in September 2018 when she was completed by Tatiana Suarez nonetheless since then, Esparza has seemed spectacular in these final couple years.
A conflict towards Namajunas makes for an fascinating narrative since it could be the second time these two girls face off towards one another. Of their first bout again in The Final Fighter Season 20 in 2014, Esparza submitted Namajunas by rear-naked choke to change into the inaugural UFC girls’s strawweight champion and likewise win The Final Fighter present.
Each fighters have improved massively since then particularly for Namajunas who was very a lot inexperienced again then however has now grown to change into a really effectively rounded, lethal blended martial artist.
It’s definitely a query mark whether or not Esparza will battle for the belt subsequent however it could be fascinating to see if Namajunas can avenge her early profession loss.
Do you assume Esparza has achieved sufficient to warrant a strawweight title shot?