Current rankings @ Women’s Strawweight
When is Esparza vs Rodriguez?
Carla Esparza could potentially fight Marina Rodriguez, in Spring 2024.
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 17 wins, 3 loses and 2 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggest Rodriguez would have an advantage in power over Esparza, with a 41% 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 36 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 4 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 11 more professional rounds, 69 to Rodriguez's 58.
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 Yan Xiaonan 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 3 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In her last fight, she defeated Michelle Waterson-Gomez at UFC Fight Night – Fiziev vs Gamrot on 23rd September 2023 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, she had been beaten by Virna Jandiroba at UFC 288 on 6th May 2023 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Prudential Center, Newark.
Going into that contest, she had lost to Amanda Lemos at UFC Fight Night: Mitchell vs. Evloev on 5th November 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas.
Before that, she had defeated Yan Xiaonan at UFC 272 on 5th March 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
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.
In terms of recent activity, Marina Rodriguez has been fighting more than Carla Esparza.
Carla Esparza last fought 1 year and 18 days ago, while Marina Rodriguez's last outing was 2 months and 7 days ago.
Esparza's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 2 months and 9 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 10 months and 2 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, 1 month and 21 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 5 months and 5 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Esparza vs Rodriguez?
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