Report: Carla Esparza vs Tatiana Suarez targeted for #UFC228 in Dallas

Per Joe Devlin (@_MMAFNL) a pivotal strawweight matchup between former champ Carla Esparza (14-5) and undefeated rising contender Tatiana Suarez (7-0) has been added to UFC 228 on September 8th in Dallas, Texas.Esparza will look to bounce back with a statement victory after suffering a controversial split-decision loss to Claudia Gadelha at UFC 225. The former champion has been a staple in the strawweight division’s elite since the beginning.

TUF 23 winner Suarez has been hailed by many as “The Female Khabib”— a moniker used to highlight her grappling dominance she’s shown thus far in the octagon— most recently, submitting fellow prospect Alexa Grasso in the first round.

The bout has not opbeen officially announced by the UFC.

Who will you be rooting for, fight fans?

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  1. Could be an interesting (if you like grappling) match-up pitting relative youth vs. experience. Carla has shown improvement and needs the win a lot more at this point in their careers. If the odds are favorable enough, I might even bet on her.

    1. This somewhat reminds me of when Carla was booked against Cynthia— a lot of people on the time thought Calvillo would be too much for her. Def a big and well-deserved step up for Tatiana!

  2. Looks like the Karate Hottie will not get the opportunity to take on Carla – at least not soon. I think I’d bet on Tatiana against Carla.

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