Carla Esparza Says She Will Postpone Marriage to Fight Rose Namajunas for UFC Title

Published 12/23/2021, 1:00 PM EST
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)


Dana White recently gave the green signal to Carla Esparza, to take on Rose Namajunas for the women’s strawweight title. This matchup will be their second confrontation. Previously, the two clashed for the Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale. In which ‘Thug Rose’ tasted defeat by a rear-naked-choke.

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Recently, ‘Cookie Monster’ has been very vocal about getting the title shot since her sensational victory over Xiaonan Yan. Carlos demanded the rematch after ending Yan with a barge of punches in the second round.

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Although Dana was initially reluctant about the rematch, he now seems to be targeting the title match for next year. As of now, White and the UFC brass have not settled on a date or a venue for the grand event, but Esparza hopes the fight to be conducted before may.

In a recent interview with MMA fighting, Carla shared about her upcoming wedding next year. She said, “In all reality, it would be ideal to have this fight before May. That is my ideal timeline.” She also appreciated Rose for being fit to fight as soon as possible.

Carla also added, “If it doesn’t, I’m completely willing to change the date of my wedding, and everyone who’s on my wedding list is my friend and they would 100 percent understand. My fiancé, we’re getting married, no matter what. We’re going to be together forever, so the date, being a couple of months later, doesn’t change things. This title fight is the priority right now.”

Carla Esparza vs Rose Namajunas 2

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Both the fighters have shown mutual respect and appreciation for their fighting skills and prowess. While Carla is on a five-win streak, Rose is also on a three-fight winning streak. Therefore, when the two fighters, one of them will lose their winning streak.

Carla also believes that this fight will come full circle, from starting at “The Ultimate Fighter” to becoming the best fighters in the entire division. Naturally, Esparza and Rose are all set to go to war. All remains are the date and location.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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