Who won Esparza vs Rodriguez?
Carla Esparza beat Marina Rodriguez by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC Fight Island 3, on Saturday 25th July 2020 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Carla Esparza.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Women’s Strawweight division, which meant the weight limit was 115 pounds (8.2 stone or 52.2 KG).
Esparza vs Rodriguez stats
Carla Esparza stepped into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Marina Rodriguez made her way to the ring with an unblemished record of 12 wins and 2 draws, with 5 of those by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Rodriguez had a large advantage in power over Esparza, boosting at 42% knock out percentage over Esparza's 19%.
Carla Esparza was the younger woman by 1 year, at 33 years old.
Rodriguez had a height advantage of 5 inches over Esparza. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Esparza was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made her debut in 2010, 5 years and 1 month earlier than Rodriguez, whose first professional fight was in 2015. She had fought 23 more professional rounds, 60 to Rodriguez's 37.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Marina Rodriguez had been fighting more than Carla Esparza.
Going to this contest, Carla Esparza had last fought 1 year, 8 months and 23 days ago, while Marina Rodriguez's last outing had been 1 year, 6 months and 6 days ago.
Esparza's last 2 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 14 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 1 year, 8 months and 22 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Rodriguez's last 2 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 22 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 12 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.