Ajax loader

Us

Pro MMA Record

"The Cookie Monster"

14-6-0

Carla Esparza

"The Cookie Monster" Carla Esparza

Photo Source:  

Mma weekly

Fighter Details

  • Name: Carla Esparza
  • Pro MMA Record: 14-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Cookie Monster
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1987.10.10
  • Last Fight: April 27, 2019 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Strawweight | Last Weigh-In: 115.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Oyama
  • Height: 5'1" (155cm) | Reach: 63.0" (160cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $388,000 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighting out of: Redondo Beach, California
  • Fighter Links:
  • Personal Links:

Regional Rankings Rankings FAQ

Fighting for a major organization has made Carla Esparza ineligible for regional rankings.

Gyms & Affiliations

Wiki

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
Wiki Contributors:

Carla Esparza News View All

Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz will collide in the co-main event of UFC 241. | Esther L... (2019-08-17 11:00:00 -0400)
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images There have been some cha... (2019-08-14 21:00:00 -0400)
Plakat gali UFC, która odbędzie się 21 sierpnia w Mexico City, stolicy Meksyku. W walkach... (2019-08-10 08:04:42 -0400)
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Two of the UFC’s most popular Mexican fighters are gettin... (2019-08-09 22:00:00 -0400)
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC A women’s bantamweight and strawweight fi... (2019-08-09 11:00:00 -0400)
UFC on ESPN+ 17: Rodriguez vs. Stephens Data: sobota, 21 września 2019, 23:00 Transmisja:... (2019-08-09 08:31:51 -0400)
Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images Check out the fight card for UF... (2019-08-07 21:00:00 -0400)
UFC Fight Night from Mexico City on Sept. 21 has a main event as Yair Rodriguez retur... (2019-07-28 14:00:00 -0400)
  • MMA Weekly : UFC Mexico City: Rodriguez vs. Stephens preview
  • MMAFighting.com : Missed Fists: Ke’ali’i Kanekoa’s magic back elbow, a fond farewell to LFA on AXS TV
  • MMAFighting.com : Fighter who suffered horrific leg injury gets Bellator contract
  • MMAFighting.com : Matt Hughes suing train operator at center of near-fatal accident
  • MMAFighting.com : Michel Pereira considered quitting during UFC Vancouver bout: ‘My weight cut f***ed everything’
  • MMAFighting.com : Morning Report: Stipe Miocic ‘upset’ with Colby Covington over comments made to Miocic’s wife, plans to talk to him
  • MMAFighting.com : James Gallagher gets new opponent, faces former UFC fighter Roman Salazar in Dublin main event
  • UFC.com : UFC Raises More Than USD $72,000 for Canucks For Kids Fund
  • MMAFighting.com : Jorge Masvidal fighting for ‘bad motherf**er’ title but has nothing but respect for Nate Diaz
  • MMAFighting.com : Ex-WWE superstar Jake ‘Jack Swagger’ Hager booked for Bellator 231
  • MMAFighting.com : Bellator signs Brazilian lightweight Killys Mota
  • MMAFighting.com : Rewind: UFC Vancouver
  • MMAFighting.com : Joseph Benavidez wants Henry Cejudo to decide if he’s going to defend or relinquish his flyweight title 
  • MMA Weekly : Jeremy Stephens takes a look back at his UFC 91 knockout of Rafael dos Anjos
  • MMA Weekly : UFC on ESPN+ 17 Live Results: Rodriguez vs. Stephens (Results & Fight Stats)
  • MMAFighting.com : Video: Jeremy Stephens out to run over ‘kid’ Yair Rodriguez: ‘He doesn’t know how to fight like a man’
  • MMAFighting.com : VIDEO: Jeremy Stephens out to run over ‘kid’ Yair Rodriguez: ‘He doesn’t know how to fight like a man’
  • MMAFighting.com : Fortunes changed for five at UFC Vancouver
  • MMAFighting.com : Nick Newell officially signs with Bellator
  • MMAFighting.com : Sarah Frota will continue fighting despite two-year USADA suspension