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Carla Esparza


Win Rate
76 %
Finish Rate
42 %
Decision Win %
79 %

Carla Esparza

5' 1 (155 cm)
63 in. (5' 3/160 cm)
United States
Main Division
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Carla Kristen Esparza is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship , in which she is the current and two-time UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. She first earned the UFC championship by winning a 16-woman tournament that was televised on the reality series The Ultimate Fighter. She also competed in Bellator MMA's first women's tournament.
Combat Approach
Esparza is known for powerful wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. On the mat, she often mounts an opponent and controls her with strikes while seeking submissions. While standing, she typically clinches and attacks with punches, knees and elbows.
Fighter Trivia
Esparza is of Mexican, Ecuadorian and Irish descent. She married her husband Matthew Lomeli in May 2022.

Awards & Accolades

  • UFC: UFC Women's Strawweight Championship (Two times; First)
  • UFC: Tied (Joanna Jedrzejczyk) for most wins in the UFC Women's Strawweight division history (10)
  • UFC: Most takedowns landed in the UFC Women's Strawweight division history (44)
  • UFC: Longest time between title reigns in UFC history (2,612 days)
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Alexa Grasso
  • UFC: Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Rose Namajunas and Yan Xiaonan
  • UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 20 Tournament Winner
  • UFC: Most split decision wins in the UFC Women's Strawweight division history (3)
  • Invicta FC: Invicta FC Strawweight Championship (One time; First)
  • Combat Press: 2014 Female Fighter of the Year
  • MMAWeekly.com: 2014 Female Fighter of the Year
  • Pan-American Championship: 2013 Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu Championship Female Blue Belt Silver Medalist

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