On May 9th at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, USA Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza will fight against Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson in a 3-round preliminary fight fight of the UFC 249. Who will show the superiority? – Our prediction is already here for you.

At what time Esparza and Waterson fight?
The fight time is May 10, 2020.

Where to watch the fight?
Will be shown on ESPN

How many wins and losses Esparza have?
Carla Esparza has 17 wins and 6 losses.

How many wins and losses Waterson have?
Michelle Waterson has 17 wins and 7 losses.

Statistics and physical data

  Carla Esparza Michelle Waterson
Age 32 34
Weight 115 LBS 115 LBS
Height 5′ 1″ 5′ 3″
Arm span 63 in 62 in
Number of fights 23 24
Wins 17 17
Defeat 6 7

Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza

The first hobby of the American woman was the wrestling, which she began to engage in high school. But because of weak grades, Carla could not afford to go to university, fighting under the guidance of Olympian Lee Allen for college. Along the way, she began to develop in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, becoming a sponsored family of Gracie.

It was her acquaintance with the Gracie family that led Esparza into mixed martial arts. She had her debut fight at the RIC 3 event, where she defeated Casey Trost. The athlete then wins two big wins for herself, losing to Megumi Fujii on Bellator 24. The second defeat came to the athlete after her participation in the 46th Bellator, and defeated “Cookie Monster” another future signatory of the best promoted planet in the face of Jessica Aguilar.

Carla’s prospects were noticed in the promotion of Invicta, where she performed for three fights. After winning the promotion belt in the battle with Beck Rawlings, the athlete went to conquer the new season TUF. The Ultimate Fighter In this season’s TV show, the winner became the rival for Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the title fight for a new weight class of “straws”. Esparza easily made it to the final, where she managed to defeat Rose Namajunas by a sub-mission in the third round of face-to-face bout.

The championship fight and career after it Carla was on full alert for the fight with a Polish woman. She answered all Joanna’s attacks with calmness and only occasionally interrupted her silence. Nevertheless, already in the second round of the confrontation Carla could not stand up after a series of blows performed by Jedrzejczyk. Esparza lost, continuing her way in the best promotion of the planet. Carla never got close to the title chance. Her current position in the ranking is due to two consecutive wins. Virena Gandhiroba could not oppose Esparza anything, losing by unanimous decision, and Alexa Grasso the athlete defeated solely because of the controversial actions of the panel of judges.

Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson

The start of the American woman’s career wasn’t too good. She immediately planned to play in a professional MMA, starting with a not-so-good 2-2 series. Waterson lost to Lynn Alvarez and Alisha Gamm, and Michelle had to wait long enough for her first landmark victory. With a successful performance at KOTC and Strikeforce, the athlete approached the contract with a status promotion, but lost to Elena Reed at Apache Gold. Her success was noticed by the developing organization Invicta FC, which prioritizes battles with the beautiful half of humanity.

The American successfully defeated three competitors at the start of her career in Invicta, becoming the champion of the organization in the second fight. Jessica Penn and Yasuko Tamada were weaker than her opponent, but in the battle with Erica Tubiricio Waterson lost the title, which did not prevent her from becoming a resident of UFC. In the world’s best promotion campaign, she started with a series of two consecutive victories. Michelle smashed Angela Magana and Paige Vanzant.

She lost her status as a contender in the battle with Rose Namajunas, losing that sabbath. Tecia Torres was also stronger than the American woman. With the 2-2 Series, Waterson decided not to stop there, becoming a belt contender in the Straw Division. Michelle beats Courtney Casey, Felicia Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the judgments, but is rather discouraged by the fight against Joanna Jendziczyk, slightly postponing her plans for the title after a well-deserved defeat.

Esparza vs Waterson Prediction

No athlete has a significant advantage in anthropometry. Waterson outgrows her opponent in height, but in terms of Esparza’s hand-width, which is quite unexpected, looks stronger than her opponent. In his fights, Waterson prefers not to force events. She works measuredly, imposing her tempo and looking for weak points from the opposition, while Esparza tends to load up already in the first round, not doing too well in the extreme rounds of his confrontations. In our opinion, Waterson should take advantage of Esparza’s similar defect, taking a well-deserved victory in this fight.

  • Our prediction: Michelle Waterson will win.

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