Tape rankings @ Women’s Strawweight
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 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Esparza had advantage in power over Rodriguez, with a 19% knock out percentage over Rodriguez's 0%.
Carla Esparza was the younger woman by 1 year, at 34 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 22 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 17 more professional rounds, 67 to Rodriguez's 50.
Esparza vs Rodriguez form
Rodriguez had beaten 3 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had defeated Mackenzie Dern at UFC Vegas 39 on 9th October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, she had defeated Michelle Waterson at UFC Vegas 26 on 8th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, 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.
Before that, she had been beaten by Carla Esparza at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.
She had drawn with Cynthia Calvillo at UFC on ESPN 7 on 7th December 2019 by majority draw in their 3 round contest at Capital One Arena, Washington D.C..
Esparza's last 2 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 27 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 2 years, 2 months and 29 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Rodriguez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 19 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 6 months and 5 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.