Current rankings @ Women’s Strawweight
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, 11 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 2 years, 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 the less experienced professional fighter, having had 3 fewer fights, and made her debut in 2010, 3 year later than Waterson, whose first professional fight was in 2007. She has fought 2 less professional rounds, 69 to Waterson's 71.
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 1 of her last 5 opponents.
In her last fight, she Luana Pinheiro at UFC 287 on 8th April 2023 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Miami-Dade Arena, Miami, United States.
Previous to that, she had been beaten by 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.
Going into that contest, she had lost to Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 26 on 8th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, 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.
She had been beaten by Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on 12th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Amalie Arena, Tampa.
In terms of recent activity, Michelle Waterson has been fighting more than Carla Esparza.
Carla Esparza last fought 6 months and 22 days ago, while Michelle Waterson's last outing was 1 month and 26 days ago.
Esparza's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 13 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 8 months and 27 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, 7 months and 22 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 8 months and 23 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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