Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas’ rematch was memorable for all the incorrect reasons.
A bout 8 many years in the earning, the historic Strawweight figures at first battled more than the inaugural crown at the conclusion of The Supreme Fighter 20 (TUF) to kickstart the excess weight class in Ultimate Preventing Championship (UFC). Esparza bested Namajunas by using third-round rear-naked choke submission in their very first go-all-around, utilizing her sturdy wrestling recreation to manage and batter the inexperienced nevertheless flashy striker.
At UFC 274, the motion was considerably fewer present than it was in struggle a person. Landing a put together 68 strikes for each UFC Stats more than five rounds, Esparza managed to do just plenty of to occur out as the champion once far more by using break up decision.
“I unquestionably experience that she shed the battle to herself,” Esparza instructed MMA Fighting’s The MMA Hour. “I assume she went in there, and she fought, I don’t want to say with worry, but she was anxious about the takedown and extremely centered on that and did not struggle her sport. [She] did not enable off as significantly as she could have. I undoubtedly come to feel it was a great deal of a mental issue.
“She’s conquer the finest of the ideal,” she continued. “She’s fought large-degree opponents, but she hasn’t fought a good deal of wrestlers to get wherever she is. She has not fought a lot of persons like me, and I’ve fought a great deal of men and women like her. I really feel I was additional cozy fighting somebody with her design and style, and she was not as relaxed fighting an individual my design.”
Looking at the battle unfold, followers and the commentary workforce were being remarkably vital and fairly in awe. Usually, Namajunas has presented entertainment to the best degree no issue who matched from. Esparza believed the similar was destined for their rematch but now she thinks the pairing’s chapter has been shut.
“When I was in the combat, I was like, ‘Is this definitely occurring?’” Esparza mentioned. “Each round I was pretty much in a lot of disbelief. As far as after the battle, to hear how bummed she was, I’ve been there. You cannot get to this level in the sport and not felt those people tricky losses and gotten crap from supporters. I absolutely sense her soreness, specially owning been in there.
“I desired us to have a fantastic struggle,” she concluded. “I was like I hope we get a ‘Fight of the Night,’ and it was by considerably the opposite.”