Current rankings @ Women’s Strawweight
Carla Esparza vs Marina Rodriguez preview
When is Esparza vs Rodriguez?
Carla Esparza could potentially fight Marina Rodriguez, in Autumn/Fall 2022.
The fight would take place over 5 rounds in the Women’s Strawweight division, which means the weight limit would be 115 pounds (8.2 stone or 52.2 KG).
Esparza vs Rodriguez stats
Carla Esparza would step into the octagon with a record of 19 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 4 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Marina Rodriguez would make her way to the cage with a record of 16 wins, 2 loses and 2 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggest Rodriguez would have an advantage in power over Esparza, with a 38% knock out percentage over Esparza's 21%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Esparza would have an advantage over Rodriguez, with a 21% submission rate over Rodriguez's 6%.
Carla Esparza is the same age as Marina Rodriguez, at 35 years old.
Rodriguez has a height advantage of 5 inches over Esparza. This also extends to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Esparza is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 6 more fights, and made her debut in 2010, 5 years and 1 month earlier than Rodriguez, whose first professional fight was in 2015. She has fought 16 more professional rounds, 69 to Rodriguez's 53.
Esparza vs Rodriguez form
Esparza has beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In her last fight, she lost to Weili Zhang at UFC 281 on 12th November 2022 by in the 2nd round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Previous to that, she had won against Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by split decision in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Going into that contest, she had beat Xiaonan Yan at UFC Vegas 27 on 22nd May 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in the United States.
Before that, she had defeated Marina Rodriguez at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
She had won against Alexa Grasso at UFC on ESPN+ 17 on 21st September 2019 by majority decision in their 3 round contest at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
Rodriguez has beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In her last fight, she Amanda Lemos at UFC Fight Night: Mitchell vs. Evloev on 5th November 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, she had defeated Xiaonan Yan at UFC 272 on 5th March 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, she had beat Mackenzie Dern at UFC Vegas 39 on 9th October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, she had won against Michelle Waterson at UFC Vegas 26 on 8th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
She had beat Amanda Ribas at UFC 257 on 23rd January 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In terms of recent activity, Marina Rodriguez has been fighting more than Carla Esparza.
Carla Esparza last fought 4 months and 11 days ago, while Marina Rodriguez's last outing was 4 months and 18 days ago.
Esparza's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 2 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 8 months and 12 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3 rounds on average.
Rodriguez's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years and 2 months, meaning she has been fighting on average every 5 months and 6 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Esparza vs Rodriguez?
Sorry, we couldn’t find any odds for Esparza vs Rodriguez yet. If a contest doesn’t have odds initially after it is announced, bookmakers usually release them closer to the day of the fight.
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