Carla Esparza Faces New Challenge

Carla Esparza to face Marina Rodriguez on July 15

Former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza will find herself back in the octagon again on July 15 against Marina Rodriguez. ESPN was first to report the news.

Esparza (16-6) will enter the fight on a three-fight winning streak. She recently fought at UFC 249 in May, earning a split decision win over Michelle Waterson. Prior to that fight she picked up wins against Virna Jandiroba and Alexa Grasso.

Rodriguez will bring an unbeaten record into the octagon, so far going 12-0-2 in her professional career. She was busy in 2019, fighting three times with her last outing coming in December, where she fought to a draw with Cynthia Calvillo. The Dana White Contender Series alum has wins over Jessica Aguilar and Tecia Torres in her UFC career.

Both Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez are currently ranked in the top 10 of the division, ranked No. 7 and 9 respectively.

The UFC’s July 15 event is a rare Wednesday night card. There is no location set for the card.

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