Carla Esparza

February 22nd, 2017
Gabe Killian

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada last Sunday (February 19, 2017) for the second time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne, where five of 11 bouts ended inside the distance. The scraps are now behind us, so let’s take a look at some potential matchups…

February 19th, 2017
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne Date: February 19, 2017 Arena: Scotiabank Centre City: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for the second time in promotional history this Sunday (February 19, 2017) with UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne. The 11-fight card is set…

February 16th, 2017
James Lynch

Randa Markos (6-4) discusses her upcoming fight against Carla Esparza (11-3) at UFC Fight Night 105 on Feb. 19th during a “1 on 1” edition of The Parting Shot Podcast. Randa also talks about the recent ‘Muslim Ban’,  switching up training camps, hiring a new nutritionist and why she loves watching ‘House’ on Netflix.

February 16th, 2017
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne Date: February 19, 2017 Arena: Scotiabank Centre City: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for the second time in promotional history this Sunday (February 19, 2017) with UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne. The 11-fight card is set…

January 12th, 2017
James Lynch

Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos set for UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax  TUF 20 rivals Carla Esparza and Randa Markos will clash next month at UFC Fight Night 105. UFC officials announced the women’s strawweight bout on Tuesday. Esparza (11-3) heads into this matchup off a decision victory over Juliana Lima back at UFC 197…

May 6th, 2016
Frank Trigg

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with recently victorious UFC strawweight Carla Esparza, who defeated Juliana Lima at UFC 197 two weeks ago (April 23, 2016) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

March 30th, 2016
James Lynch

After drag racing citation, Jon Jones arrested on probation violation Jon Jones was arrested Tuesaday by Albuquerque police five days after being cited on multiple traffic charges according to TMZ. Jones (21-1) was pulled over last Thursday and cited for drag racing, exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license plate, and modifying his exhaust pipe according to a…

June 9th, 2015
Gabe Killian

In an interview with Portal do Vale Tudo, former UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao opened up about feeling pressured into his title defense against TJ Dillashaw, which he lost via knockout in the fifth and final round of action. Barao admitted that at the time, he was nowhere near ready for another fight. “I was…

March 15th, 2015
James Lynch

On Episode 96 brought to you by Warrior Fighting & Fitness, myself (@LynchOnSports) and Adam (@MMAdamMartin) welcome Titan FC 33’s Pat Healy who fights this Friday against Kurt Kinser for the Titan FC vacant lightweight title. Then TUF 16 veteran Bristol Marunde discusses his upcoming fight on Friday against fellow cast mate Michael Hill at…

March 14th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

This column highlights five past bouts from fighters competing on this weekend’s UFC 185. These fights represent some of the highest moments in the careers of their respective participants, and should serve to pique your interest heading into the event. The list of potential candidates for these five slots was incredibly long, which gives hope…

March 13th, 2015
Frank Trigg

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 185 strawweight Carla Esparza about her upcoming co-main event title bout this Saturday night (March 14, 2015) against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The current UFC women’s strawweight champ feels she’ll be able to impose her will against the undefeated challenger, and that means…

March 12th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Back to business this week on The MMA Analysis. As the Octagon makes its way to Dallas for UFC 185, your regular co-hosts all take their turns at the mic to break down the 12-fight card from top-to-bottom. All the usual betting talk is there, plus Lance, Jay, Brad, and Sean tackle the topic of…

March 11th, 2015
Adam Martin.

The co-main event at UFC 185 is a five-round title fight between UFC women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. According to the current betting lines available at 5Dimes Sportsbook, Esparza is a -165 favorite (bet $165 to win $100) while Jedrzejczyk is a +145 underdog (bet $100 to win $145). MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened…

February 22nd, 2015
Adam Martin.

UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos Date: March 14, 2015 Location: American Airlines Arena Venue: Dallas, Texas Broadcast: PPV UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza Profile: The winner of TUF 20 and the UFC women’s strawweight champion, Carla Esparza (10-2) is the best 115lb women’s fighter in the world. The 27-year-old American is riding a five-fight win streak…

January 15th, 2015
Adam Martin.

UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Joe Silva have had a busy week booking new fights, and the fun didn’t stop Thursday as a number of new bouts were announced for upcoming fight cards. Here they are: Carla Esparza vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 185 The women’s strawweight title fight between champion Carla Esparza and challenger Joanna…

December 15th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Five crazy prop bets is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy TUF 20 Finale prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Carla Esparza wins by submission (+700)/Esparza wins in round 3 (+2200)…

December 15th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Surprises and Disappointments is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every UFC event, highlighting three fighters who had surprising performances and three fighters who disappointed. Here were the three biggest surprises and the three biggest disappointments from the TUF 20 Finale. Surprises Charles Oliveira — Most bettors faded Charles Oliveira after he missed weight by one pound…

December 15th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This weekend was an interesting one in the two extremes of UFC weight classes. Friday night’s TUF 20 Finale focused almost exclusively on the women’s strawweight division, crowning the first champion at that weight. Saturday things went to the completely opposite end of the spectrum, as heavyweights more than double the size of the women…

December 14th, 2014
Jay Primetown

Jay Primetown takes a look at the five biggest storylines to develop from The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada #5 Time for TUF Changes– In the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), the stakes were as high as they have ever been in the 20 seasons the show has aired in…

December 14th, 2014
Gabe Killian

The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 Finale was live from Las Vegas this past Friday night with 11 scheduled bouts and produced a night of exciting fights, culminating in the crowning of the promotion’s inaugural women’s strawweight champion. With the tournament wrapped-up and the TUF 20 Finale fights in our rear view, let’s take a look…

December 13th, 2014
Adam Martin.

The TUF 20 Finale took place Friday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the card overall had its moments, with the main card providing quite a bit of excitement for the fans in particular. Overall from a betting perspective, five favorites and four underdogs won based on the closing odds…

December 12th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

We’ve been keeping busy this week as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 20 Finale draws close, so it’s only fair that you get a one-stop shop for all the articles we’ve posted for the event, which goes down tonight (December 12, 2014) from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada, and features a…

December 12th, 2014
Gabe Killian

TUF 20 Finale Date: December 12, 2014 Arena: The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort City: Las Vegas, NV The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 Finale will be live from Las Vegas this tonight (Dec. 12, 2014) with 11 scheduled bouts, and the action will be live on FOX Sports 1 at 9pm ET, with preliminary fights…

December 12th, 2014
Gabe Killian

TUF 20 Finale Date: December 12, 2014 Arena: The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort City: Las Vegas, NV The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 Finale will be live from Las Vegas this tonight (Dec. 12, 2014) with 11 scheduled bouts, and the action will be live on FOX Sports 1 at 9pm ET, with preliminary fights…

December 12th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

Something MMAOddsBreaker.com has decided to do for 2014 is to keep a running tally of our fight picks for all major mixed martial arts (MMA) events. It all began with UFC Fight Night 34 at the beginning of the year and it continues with The Ultimate Fighter 20 tonight (December 12, 2014) in Las Vegas,…

December 12th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

The mixed martial arts (MMA) fantasy website Kountermove is back with another freeroll for MMAOddsBreaker.com readers. If you’re not familiar with how the site works, here’s a brief snippet from the site owners, themselves. Kountermove brings the traditional fantasy format to MMA. Accumulation of points and a salary cap make fantasy MMA more intriguing than…

December 11th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

The official weigh-in event for The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale: “Esparza vs Namajunas” takes place today (Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014) from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas Nevada. The event is headlined by a strawweight title bout between TUF 20 finalists Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas. Also on tap will be a featured…

December 11th, 2014
Gabe Killian

TUF 20 Finale Date: December 12, 2014 Arena: The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort City: Las Vegas, NV The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 Finale will be live from Las Vegas this tomorrow night (Dec. 12, 2014) with 11 scheduled bouts, and the action will be live on FOX Sports 1. If interested in wagering on…

December 11th, 2014
Jay Primetown

Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at women’s strawweight Lisa Ellis as she takes on fellow TUF 20 competitor Felice Herrig at the TUF 20 Finale. Lisa Ellis Hometown: Olympia, Washington Age: 32 Height: 5’4” Weight Class: Women’s Strawweight Camp: United…

December 11th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

Join leading MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas, Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn and MMA journalist Brian Hemminger for the best source of insider MMA analysis: The Premium OddsCast, presented by 5Dimes. Our Ultimate Fighter Season 20 Finale betting podcast gives detailed picks, bets and breakdowns for the entire fight card in two parts. – Part one is…

December 10th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The last two fights for the TUF 20 Finale were determined on Wednesday night, as Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas emerged victorious in their semi-final bouts. That earned the pair the right to fight for the inaugural UFC strawweight title. Esparza has long been viewed as one of the top 115lb fighters in the world,…

December 10th, 2014
Reed Kuhn

UFC on FOX December 13, 2014 Lightweight Matchup: Daron Cruickshank vs KJ Noons By @fightnomics   Big Picture:  In a busy weekend for the UFC, a few fights might be flying under the radar. Between the crowning of the first ever UFC Women’s Strawweight champion and the blockbuster card the next night on “Big Fox,”…

December 6th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

While the strawweight title fight that will headline the TUF 20 finale has not yet been made public — that will happen on Wednesday as Carla Esparza takes on Jessica Penne, and Rose Namajunas battles Randa Markos in the semifinals — most of the card has been announced already. While the season itself did not…

November 26th, 2014
Gabe Killian

Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter features UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and the first man to challenge his title, Gilbert Melendez as the coaches for eight women’s strawweights who will be competing in a 16-woman bracket for a chance to become the first ever UFC women’s strawweight champion. The show airs Wednesday nights at…

December 12th, 2013
Adam Martin.

After weeks of rumors, the UFC yesterday officially announced the introduction of the women’s strawweight (115 lbs) division to the biggest MMA promotion in the world. UFC president Dana White, who broke the news via media conference call, revealed that Invicta FC has assigned 11 fighters to the UFC, and a total of 16 strawweights…

December 7th, 2013
Gabe Killian

Invicta FC 7 Date: December 7, 2013 Arena: American Casino Hotel City: Kansas City, M.O. The Invicta FC 7 main card will be live at InvictaFC.com starting at 8 p.m. ET. It is a pay-per-view event that will be available to order at $14.95. You can bet on these and all fights at 5Dimes Sportsbooks….

December 6th, 2013
Brad Taschuk

Invicta FC is by far the most successful and most well-received all-female organization in MMA history. This Saturday they put on what may be their best card to date. With three title fights and a bevy of prospects further down the card, Invicta FC 7 is a must-watch for any fans of MMA. The title…

December 5th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Kansas City, Missouri is once again the home of Invicta Fighting Championships, and we will see a total of three title fights on Saturday night (Dec. 7, 2013) in a typically stacked card for Shannon Knapp and company. We’ll start right away with the main event, a flyweight title fight between the champion Barb Honchak…

December 3rd, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Invicta Fighting Championship 7  flyweight Carla Esparza as she prepares for her first title defense this Friday night (Dec. 7, 2013) against Claudia Gadelha at Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, Missouri. The Team Oyama fighter initially won the belt against Bec Hyatt at the beginning of the year before…

July 13th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Invicta FC is back, and after five incredibly entertaining shows, it could be said that this is the biggest and best card Shannon Knapp and company have ever put on. Invicta 6 has it all, title fights, number one contender fights, and great talent from top to bottom. It all goes down at 9PM EST…