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Carla Esparza personal details

First Name Carla
Last Name Esparza
Nickname/s Cookie Monster
Birth Name Carla Kristen O'Connell
Age 31 
Date of Birth October 10, 1987
Born Torrance, California, United States
Residence Redondo Beach, California, United States
Status Active
Nationality American
Weight class Strawweight
Weight range 106.1 - 116lbs / 48 - 52kg
Preferred 115lbs / 52kg
Height 5ft 1in / 154cm
Reach 64in
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Carla Esparza martial arts details

MMA Professional
World Champion
Wrestling All-American
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
World Champion
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Carla Esparza fight history

L Cláudia Gadelha Split Decision MMA 06/09/18 UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2, United Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
5:00 R3 / 3×5 Pro Strawweight • 115 lbs • Preliminary Card • Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs (52.6 kgs)
W Cynthia Calvillo Unanimous Decision MMA 12/30/17 UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
5:00 R3 / 3×5 Pro Strawweight • 115 lbs • Main Card • Weigh-In: 115.5 lbs (52.4 kgs)
W Maryna Moroz Unanimous Decision MMA 06/25/17 UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs Lee, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
5:00 R3 / 3×5 Pro Strawweight • 115 lbs • Preliminary Card • Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs (52.6 kgs)
L Randa Markos Split Decision MMA 02/19/17 UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs Browne, Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
5:00 R3 / 3×5 Pro Strawweight • 115 lbs • Preliminary Card • Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs (52.6 kgs)
W Juliana Lima Unanimous Decision MMA 04/23/16 UFC 197, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
5:00 R3 / 3×5 Pro Strawweight • 115 lbs • Preliminary Card • Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs (52.6 kgs)
L Joanna Jedrzejczyk KO (Punches) MMA† 03/14/15 UFC 185 – Pettis vs. Dos Anjos
4:17 R2 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Rose Namajunas Rear-Naked Choke MMA† 12/12/14 UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale
1:26 R3 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Jessica Penne Unanimous Decision MMA 08/14/14 The Ultimate Fighter 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
5:00 R3 Exhibition ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Tecia Torres Majority Decision MMA 08/06/14 The Ultimate Fighter 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
5:00 R2 Exhibition ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Angela Hill Rear-Naked Choke MMA 07/18/14 The Ultiamte Fighter 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned
3:41 R1 Exhibition ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Bec Rawlings Unanimous Decision MMA† 01/05/13 Invicta FC 4 – Esparza vs. Hyatt
5:00 R5 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Lynn Alvarez TKO (Punches) MMA 10/06/12 Invicta FC 3 – Penne vs. Sugiyama
2:53 R1 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Sarah Schneider TKO (Punches) MMA 07/28/12 YT Invicta FC 2 – Baszler vs. McMann
4:28 R2 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Felice Herrig Unanimous Decision MMA 12/02/11 YT XFC 15 – Tribute
5:00 R3 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
L Jessica Aguilar Split Decision MMA 06/25/11 YT Bellator Fighting Championships 46
5:00 R3 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Yadira Anzaldua Rear-Naked Choke MMA 04/15/11 ECSC – Friday Night Fights 3
0:53 R1 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Nina Ansaroff Split Decision MMA 12/10/10 Crowbar MMA – Winter Brawl
5:00 R3 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
L Megumi Fujii Armbar MMA 09/12/10 Bellator Fighting Championships 24
0:57 R2 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Lacey Schuckman Rear-Naked Choke MMA 07/16/10 Ladies Night: Clash of the Titans 8
2:37 R2 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Karina Hallinan Rear-Naked Choke MMA 04/18/10 LBFN 8 – Long Beach Fight Night 8
2:16 R2 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..
W Cassie Trost TKO (Punches) MMA 02/19/10 YT RITC 3 – Respect in the Cage 3
0:48 R1 Pro ……………………………………………………………………………………..

 

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Carla Esparza’s Bio

Carla Esparza is a female fighter from the United States.

She made her professional MMA debut in 2010.

She 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.

Achievements

MMA Titles

2014 - UFC Strawweight World Champion (inaugural)
2012 - Invicta Fighting Championships Strawweight Champion (inaugural)

MMA Awards

2012 - WMMA Press Awards | Strawweight Fighter of the Year
2010 - WMMA Press Awards | Super Flyweight of the Year

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Titles

2013 - IBJJF Pan Ams | Blue Belt Featherweight Division  Silver
2011 - IBJJF No-Gi National Champion
US Open Advanced No-Gi Champion
Pan American Advanced No-Gi Champion

Wrestling Titles

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

Media Appearances

TV

The Ultimate Fighter 23: Team Joanna vs Team Claudia (2016) - Team Joanna Guest Coach
The Ultimate Fighter Season 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned (2014)

Team Details

Name Role
Team Oyama Gym / Affiliations
Gracie Academy Gym / Affiliations
Rener, Ryron and Ralek Gracie Trainer / Instructor / Coach
Lee Allen (2008-2009) Trainer / Instructor / Coach
SuckerPunch Entertainment Management

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