Late 2022
Potentially

Potential contest
5 rounds contest @ Women’s Strawweight
19-7-0
18-10-0

The tape

35
Age
36
5' 1" / 155 cm
Height
5' 3" / 161 cm
63" / 160 cm
Reach
61.8" / 157 cm

Full record

SUB 2SD 5KO 2SD 3MD 3
Form
SUB 2UD 5SD 5UD 5UD 3
19
Wins
18
4
By KO
3
21
KO%
17
4
By Sub
9
21
SUB%
50
7
Losses
10
2
Stopped
1
2
Tapped
4
0
Draws
0
2010
Debut
2007
26
Bouts
28
69
Rounds
68
5 hours, 14 minutes
Fight Time
4 hours, 52 minutes

Current rankings @ Women’s Strawweight

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UFC
11
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Bellator
-
3
Tapology
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Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson preview

When is Esparza vs Waterson?

Carla Esparza could set to fight Michelle Waterson, in Late 2022.

The fight would be scheduled for 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 Waterson 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.

Michelle Waterson would make her way to the cage with a record of 18 wins, 10 loses and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 9 by submission.

The stats suggest Esparza would have a slight advantage in power over Waterson, with a 21% knock out percentage over Waterson's 17%.

If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Waterson would have a large advantage over Esparza, boosting at 50% submission rate over Esparza's 21%.

Carla Esparza is the younger woman by 1 year, at 35 years old.

Waterson has a height advantage of 2 inches over Esparza. Despite this, she has 1-inch reach advantage.

Esparza is currently arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 2 fewer fights, and made her debut in 2010, 3 year later than Waterson, whose first professional fight was in 2007. She has fought 1 more professional rounds, 69 to Waterson's 68.

Esparza vs Waterson 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 defeated 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 won against 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 beat 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.

Michelle Waterson has beaten 2 of her last 5 opponents.

In her last fight, she Amanda Lemos at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Rodriguez on 16th July 2022 by submission in the 2nd round at UBS Arena, Long Island, New York, United States.

Previous to that, she had been beaten by Marina Rodriguez 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 defeated Angela Hill at UFC Vegas 10 on 12th September 2020 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.

Before that, she had lost to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on 12th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Amalie Arena, Tampa.

She had won against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Carla Esparza has been fighting more than Michelle Waterson.

Carla Esparza last fought 20 days ago, while Michelle Waterson's last outing was 4 months and 16 days ago.

Esparza's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 11 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 7 months and 21 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3 rounds on average.

Waterson's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 2 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 8 months and 25 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 4 rounds on average.

What are the odds on Esparza vs Waterson?

Sorry, we couldn’t find any odds for Esparza vs Waterson 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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