Saturday night, at UFC Fight Night 159 in Mexico City, Mexico, the strawweight co-main event of the evening earned Fight of the Night honors.
Both Carla Esparza and Alexa Grasso earned a bonus of $50k for their efforts.
After three hard rounds, much to the dismay of the Mexico City crowd, Esparza was declared the victor via majority decision.
The story of the fight was Esparza’s takedowns and top control versus Grasso’s takedown defense and fast hands.
It was an action-packed fight from bell to bell. The first round was a close one— Grasso landed some solid combinations while Esparza secured half of her takedown attempts. In the second round, “Cookie Monster” controlled the action from top position with superior wrestling. Finally, in the final frame, the hometown favorite, Grasso, had Esparza rocked on the feet with strong punches and almost notched a submission victory when she had Carla in a fully extended arm bar.