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Carla Esparza

"The Cookie Monster" Carla Esparza

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  • Name: Carla Esparza
  • MMA Record: 11-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Cookie Monster
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 29 | Date of Birth: 1987.10.10
  • Last Fight: February 19, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Strawweight | Last Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Oyama
  • Height: 5'1" (155cm) | Reach: 64.0" (163cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $160,000 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Redondo Beach, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Carla Esparza MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Randa Markos
11-3-0 6-4-0

Ca UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne
Preliminary Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2017.02.19
Odds: -265 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs (52.6 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Juliana Lima
10-3-0 8-2-0

Us UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux
Preliminary Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2016.04.23
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs (52.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:17 Round 2 of 5, 9:17 Total

Pl Joanna Jędrzejczyk
10-2-0 8-0-0

Us UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Strawweight | 115

2015.03.14
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs (52.2 kgs) | Referee: Don Turnage | Walkout Music: Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow
#22 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2015
#42 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
#4 Greatest Strawweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 185 Performance of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:26 Round 3 of 5, 11:26 Total

Us Rose Namajunas
9-2-0 2-1-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale
Main Event | Vacant Title | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2014.12.12
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs (52.2 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#10 Greatest Strawweight MMA Fight of All Time
The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
Exhibition Bout
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jessica Penne
9-2-0 11-2-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
Main Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2014.08.14
Weigh-In: 114.0 lbs (51.7 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | Decision | Majority
Exhibition Bout
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Us Tecia Torres
9-2-0 4-0-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
Main Card | Flyweight | 115 lbs

2014.08.06
Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs (52.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
Exhibition Bout
3:41 Round 1 of 2

Us Angela Hill
9-2-0 1-0-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
Main Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2014.07.18
Weigh-In: 114.0 lbs (51.7 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Cancelled Bout Cláudia Gadelha Invicta FC 7 2013.12.07
Reason: Gadelha Illness
Cancelled Bout Ayaka Hamasaki Invicta FC 6 2013.07.13
Reason: Esparza Knee Injury
Cancelled Bout Cláudia Gadelha Invicta FC 4 2013.01.05
Reason: Gadelha Broken Nose
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Au Bec Rawlings
8-2-0 4-1-0

Us Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt
Main Event | Vacant Title | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2013.01.05
Odds: -1100 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 114.4 lbs (51.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#12 Greatest Strawweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:53 Round 1 of 3

Us Lynn Alvarez
7-2-0 5-2-0

Us Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama
Preliminary Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2012.10.06
Weigh-In: 115.4 lbs (52.3 kgs) | Referee: Rob Hinds
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:28 Round 2 of 3, 9:28 Total

Us Sarah Schneider
6-2-0 6-5-0

Us Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann
Preliminary Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2012.07.28
Weigh-In: 115.2 lbs (52.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Felice Herrig
5-2-0 5-3-0

Us XFC 15: Tribute
Co-Main Event | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2011.12.02
Odds: -215 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 113.5 lbs (51.5 kgs) | Referee: Chris Adams
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mx Jessica Aguilar
5-1-0 10-4-0

Us Bellator 46: 2011 Summer Series 1
Preliminary Card | Strawweight | 115 lbs

2011.06.25
Weigh-In: 115.5 lbs (52.4 kgs)
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Yadira Anzaldua

Us Evolution Combat Sports Championship

2011.04.15
Win | Decision | Split

Us Nina Ansaroff

Us Crowbar MMA

2010.12.10
Loss | Submission | Armlock
0:57 Round 2 of 3, 5:57 Total

Jp Megumi Fujii
3-0-0 20-0-0

Us Bellator 24
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 115 lbs

2010.08.12
Odds: +450 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 115.3 lbs (52.3 kgs) | Referee: Troy Waugh
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Lacey Schuckman

Us Annhilation

2010.07.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Karina Hallinan

Us Long Beach Fight Night

2010.04.18
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Cassie Trost

Us Respect in the Cage

2010.02.19

Carla Esparza Wiki Update Wiki

Carla Esparza is an American straweight fighter currently signed to Invicta FC. Throughout her career, she has competed in regional shows throughout the United States as well as twice in Bellator, including their first women's tournament. Both of her career losses have been in Bellator.


Esparza's background is primarily in wrestling, having competed at both the high school and collegiate levels. While wrestling for Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California, she won numerous state and national wrestling tournament. Her high school sucess led to a scholarship to Menlo College where she was coached by two-time Olympian, Lee Allen. She was twice named an All-American. During college, she began training Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy in Torrance under Rener, Ryron and Ralek Gracie. She then expanded her mixed martial arts repertoire when she began training at Team Oyama during the summer of her junior year of college. 


Only six months after her pro debut, she was invited to take part in Bellator's first women's tournament as a last-minute replacement. Her first Bellator opponent was then-undefeated Megumi Fujii. She was defeated by armbar in the second round and eliminated from the tournament. Esparza was again defeated in Bellator by Jessica Aguilar by split decision in 2011. After her last Bellator stint, she defeated Felice Herrig at XFC 15.


Carla was then picked up by the all women's promotion, Invicta FC. In her time there, she has picked up two wins by TKO. She later took on Bec Hyatt at Invicta FC 4 for the inaugural straweight belt. She demonstrated why she was highly favored in the fight as she utilized her wrestling ability to win a five round decision and capture the title.


Following the Ultimate Fighter 20, Esparza was slated to fight fellow finalist Rose Namajunas for the inaugural UFC strawweight championship. Esparza would go on to win the fight via rear naked choke in the 3rd round. Carla would attempt to defend her belt for the first time at UFC 185 against Joanna Jędrzejczyk. However she was completely dominated in the stand up and was only able to land one take down en route to being finished by TKO in the second round.


The Ultimate Fighter 20
Episode 4 Esparza Def. Angela Hill by Rear Naked choke in round 1
Episode 11  Esparza Def. Tecia Torres by Majority Decision
Episode 12  Esparza Def. Jessica Penne by Unanimous Decision
The Ultimate Fighter 20 finale Esparza Def. Rose Namajunas by Rear Naked Choke in round 3

Last updated 03.19.2015, 7:13 AM ET
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