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Who won Namajunas vs Esparza?
Carla Esparza beat Rose Namajunas by split decision in their 5 round contest, during the co-main event of UFC 274, on Saturday 7th May 2022 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The scorecards were announced as 46-49, 47-48, 48-47 in favor of winner Carla Esparza.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Women’s Strawweight division, which meant the weight limit was 115 pounds (8.2 stone or 52.2 KG).
This contest was for the UFC women’s strawweight championship.
Namajunas vs Esparza stats
Rose Namajunas stepped into the ring with a record of 11 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Carla Esparza made her way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 4 by submission.
The stats suggested that Namajunas and Esparza have similar power, both with a 18% knock out percentage.
Rose Namajunas was the younger woman by 4 years, at 30 years old.
Namajunas had a height advantage of 4 inches over Esparza. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Namajunas was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 8 less fights, and made her debut in 2013, 2 year and 10 months later than Esparza, whose first professional fight was in 2010. She had fought 21 less professional rounds, 46 to Esparza's 67.
Namajunas vs Esparza form
Namajunas had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In her last fight before this contest, she had defeated Weili Zhang at UFC 268 on 6th November 2021 by split decision in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Previous to that, she had defeated Weili Zhang at UFC 261 on 24th April 2021 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
Going into that contest, she had beat Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 on 11th July 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, she had been beaten by Jessica Andrade at UFC 237 on 11th May 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She had won against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223 on 7th April 2018 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, United States.
Namajunas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 18 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 10 months and 22 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Esparza's last 4 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 8 months and 26 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 8 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.