‘Dana Let’s Make It Happen!’- Carla Esparza Demands a Rematch Against Rose Namajunas After Destroying Yan Xiaonan

Published 05/22/2021, 10:21 PM EDT


The former UFC women’s strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, continued on her amazing winning run after she beat Yan Xiaonan in their UFC Vegas 27 match-up. Esparza used her wrestling to completely nullify her opponent.

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The American, who has now won five fights in a row, is primed for a title shot against the new champion Rose Namajunas. She finished Xiaonan in the second round after getting into the crucifix position and unleashing a vicious ground-and-pound.

Her win was so dominant that she landed an incredible 101 strikes in the first round (170 in the fight). Thereafter, the 18-6 fighter went and called for the title shot that she rightfully deserves.

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I want a chance to fight for that title. I think it’s an intriguing fight that everyone wants to see. C’mon Dana, let’s make it happen,Esparza told UFC commentator Paul Felder in her post-fight interview.

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Esparza, who was at #4 ahead of the fight, will probably be in the top 2 when the new rankings are made public. Hence, she may be the next challenger to ‘Thug’ who beat Zhang Weili at UFC 261.

Carla Esparza versus Rose Namajunas 1: Winning the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship

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Esparza’s path to the UFC was super tracked when she won the inaugural Invicta FC strawweight championship. She went one better in her next fight as she joined the UFC and got the title shot against Rose Namajunas. The fight was emphatic and provided some good advertising for the new women’s division.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: (L-R) Opponents Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez of Brazil face off 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)

However, in the TUF finale, Esparza reigned supreme with her superior wrestling skills and finished the fight via a third-round rear-naked choke. Unfortunately, her success was short-lived, as she lost the title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her next fight. However, ‘Cookie Monster’, who is on a run now, will seek a shot at redemption.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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