Carla Esparza Mocks Yan Xiaonan on Social Media After Their Fight

Published 05/24/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Carla Esparza poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza dominated Yan Xiaonan en route to her victory at UFC Vegas 27. She secured a second-round TKO win that extended her winning streak to 5 matches.

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‘Cookie Monster’ took to Twitter and uploaded a picture of her with bloodstains all over her body and shirt. She added a note to the photo that indirectly referred to Xiaonan. “Definitely one of my bloodiest fights! Just happy it wasn’t mine this time lol,” she wrote.

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The co-main event saw Esparza taking initial control of the match. She had an early successful takedown attempt on Yan. The American then steadied her position over Yan and landed some enormous blows to burst her forehead open. The heavy ground and pound ensured Esparza ended the round on top.

The second round followed the same procedure as she attempted a takedown and was successful. The former champ then mounted herself in a crucifix position to close all the escape attempts from Yan.

She then threw a barrage of punches to completely dismantle the bloodied and bruised Yan. The referee had seen enough and called for the match to end.

This dominant victory will surely be right at the top of her list of wins. She has definitely inched closer to a shot at the title in the wake of such a dominating performance.

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Has Carla Esparza done enough to deserve a title fight next?

Esparza (18-6) has now picked up 5 wins on the trot. If we take a brief look at those wins, her last 3 wins have come against some of the best names in the division.

Prior to her win against Yan, she had dominated Marina Rodriguez and won via split decision at UFC on ESPN 14 last year in July. Just 2 months prior to that, she got the victory over Michelle Waterson at UFC 249 via a split decision.

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It’s also a point to be considered that Esparza had defeated the current champion Rose Namajunas for the inaugural belt in 2014. So there’s every possibility that the latter could defend her belt against her former rival next.

Of course, Weili Zhang would want an immediate rematch, too. It all depends now on how UFC want to go ahead with this. What did you make of Esparza’s recent tweet?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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