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Carla Esparza

Carla Esparza Awakening Profile

17 Sep 2016 | Discover Carla Esparza’s full martial arts history here, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to. ▷ Female fight enthusiasts only!

Carla made her professional MMA debut in 2010.

Carla was awarded her Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in March of 2013.

Previously signed to Invicta Fighting Championships, Carla was part of the first group of athletes to be signed to the UFC’s Strawweight division, in December of 2013. She won season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, becoming the UFC’s first ever Strawweight World Champion.

Carla attended University for four years, where she wrestled while earning her degree in Business with a concentration in Sports Management.

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President and founder of Awakening. Rew does whatever possible to support female martial artists in gaining recognition.An avid fan of Martial Arts, with a training history that began at an early age in Judo. Practicing this art was fairly short lived and only lasted two years due to family financial difficulties. It wasn't until age fifteen when training restarted with Kickboxing, and shortly after Kung-Fu. Rew finally settled on Wu Shu Kwan (Chinese Boxing), and for a couple of years trained between four and eight hours a day and took part in several displays, but only competed in a couple of exhibition fights.If time ever becomes available again, Rew longs to start training in Muay Thai.
MARTIAL ARTS
DISCIPLINERANKSTATUS
1ST DISCIPLINEMMAProfessionalWorld Champion
2ND DISCIPLINEWrestlingAll-American-
3RD DISCIPLINEBrazilian Jiu-JitsuPurple BeltWorld Champion
4TH DISCIPLINEKickboxingPractitioner-
5TH DISCIPLINEBoxingPractitioner-
6TH DISCIPLINE
MISC INFO

Carla made her professional MMA debut in 2010.

Carla was awarded her Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in March of 2013.

Previously signed to Invicta Fighting Championships, Carla was part of the first group of athletes to be signed to the UFC‘s Strawweight division, in December of 2013. She won season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, becoming the UFC’s first ever Strawweight World Champion.

PERSONAL LIFE

Carla attended University for four years, where she wrestled while earning her degree in Business with a concentration in Sports Management.

PERSONAL
First NameCarla
Last NameEsparza
Nickname/sCookie Monster
Birth NameCarla Kristen O'Connell
Age29 
Date of BirthOctober 10, 1987
NationalityAmerican
BornTorrance, California, United States
ResidenceRedondo Beach, California, United States
StatusActive
Weight classStrawweight
Weight range106.1 - 116lbs / 48 - 52kg
Preferred115lbs / 52kg
Height5ft 1in / 154cm
Reach64in
AWAKENING RATING
Awakening Rating
892
UNDERSTANDING THE AWAKENING RATING

The Awakening rating is essentially letting you know how inspirational an athlete is. The idea is to highlight the athletes careers so their achievements are not forgotten. Unfortunately we can only calculate based on the information we have in our database. When we uncover, or are supplied with new information the score will be recalculated.

The rating system is very complex and allows for all the nuances within the multiple disciplines. Some disciplines don’t have grading systems, others don;t have a W-L-D record. These kinds of differences have been accounted for. The most essential thing is the overall contribution to the female martial arts scene.

Awakening rating system explained

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  WIN-LOSS-DRAW (-NO CONTEST)  
FIGHT RECORD
MMA11-3-0
STATISTICS

MMA 4 Submissions
3 TKOs

TITLES

2014 – UFC Strawweight World Champion (inaugural)
2013 – IBJJF Pan Ams, Blue Belt Featherweight Division (Silver)
2012 – Invicta Fighting Championships Strawweight Champion (inaugural)
2011 – IBJJF No-Gi National Champion
US Open Advanced No-Gi Champion
Pan American Advanced No-Gi Champion
2009 – Women’s Wrestling All-American / Menlo College
2008 – Women’s Wrestling All-American / Menlo College
2 x High School All-American
2 x High School Regional Champion
2004 – USGWA National Placer (Bronze)
2003 – USGWA National Placer (10th)
2003 – Fargo Freestly National Placer (Bronze)

AWARDS

2012 – WMMA Press Awards / Strawweight Fighter of the Year
2010 – WMMA Press Awards / Super Flyweight of the Year

SOCIAL
TEAM
Trainers / Instructors / Coaches

Lee Allen (2008-2009)
Rener, Ryron and Ralek Gracie

Gym / Affiliations

Team Oyama
Gracie Academy

Management

SuckerPunch Entertainment

SPONSORS
† = Title Fight
WJuliana LimaUnanimous DecisionMMA04/23/16UFC 197, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
5:00R3 / 3×5ProStrawweight • 115 lbs • Preliminary Card • Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs (52.6 kgs)
LJoanna JedrzejczykKO (Punches)MMA†03/14/15UFC 185 – Pettis vs. Dos Anjos
4:17R2Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WRose NamajunasRear-Naked ChokeMMA†12/12/14UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale
1:26R3Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WJessica PenneUnanimous DecisionMMA08/14/14The Ultimate Fighter 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
5:00R3Exhibition……………………………………………………………………………………..
WTecia TorresMajority DecisionMMA08/06/14The Ultimate Fighter 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
5:00R2Exhibition……………………………………………………………………………………..
WAngela HillRear-Naked ChokeMMA07/18/14The Ultiamte Fighter 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
3:41R1Exhibition……………………………………………………………………………………..
WBec RawlingsUnanimous DecisionMMA†01/05/13Invicta FC 4 – Esparza vs. Hyatt
5:00R5Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WLynn AlvarezTKO (Punches)MMA10/06/12Invicta FC 3 – Penne vs. Sugiyama
2:53R1Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WSarah SchneiderTKO (Punches)MMA07/28/12YTInvicta FC 2 – Baszler vs. McMann
4:28R2Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WFelice HerrigUnanimous DecisionMMA12/02/11YTXFC 15 – Tribute
5:00R3Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
LJessica AguilarSplit DecisionMMA06/25/11YTBellator Fighting Championships 46
5:00R3Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WYadira AnzalduaRear-Naked ChokeMMA04/15/11ECSC – Friday Night Fights 3
0:53R1Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WNina AnsaroffSplit DecisionMMA12/10/10Crowbar MMA – Winter Brawl
5:00R3Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
LMegumi FujiiArmbarMMA09/12/10Bellator Fighting Championships 24
0:57R2Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WLacey SchuckmanRear-Naked ChokeMMA07/16/10Ladies Night: Clash of the Titans 8
2:37R2Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WKarina HallinanRear-Naked ChokeMMA04/18/10LBFN 8 – Long Beach Fight Night 8
2:16R2Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..
WCassie TrostTKO (Punches)MMA02/19/10YTRITC 3 – Respect in the Cage 3
0:48R1Pro……………………………………………………………………………………..

 

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