Invicta FC champion Carla Esparza (9-2) will be present from the Honda Center when women take their biggest step to date in MMA, as Ronda Rousey (6-0) and Liz Carmouche (7-2) fight in the main event of UFC 157 for the UFC bantamweight championship.
Esparza knows who she’ll be rooting for, but couldn’t say who would leave with the gold.
“Definitely going to be there, it’s history,” said Esparza to MMA Fighting. “I think Liz is going to surprise people. I personally want Liz to win because she’s a friend of mine. But I don’t want to take anything from Rousey because she’s a phenom and her armbars are just awesome.”
Rousey enters stopping all nine of her opponents in her amateur and professional career by armbar in round one.
Esparza has been with Invicta FC since their second show. After stopping Sarah Schneider and Lynn Alvarez by way of TKO, Esparza earned a shot at the promotion’s inaugural strawweight championship. The All-American wrestler was able to take the fight against Bec Hyatt to the ground often and won with all three judges scoring it 50-45. It marks Esparza first championship.
Invicta FC plans to return around April, but Esparza won’t be a part of that show. The following show, which has no timeframe, is when Esparza believes she’ll make her first title defense.