Rose Namajunas entered UFC 274 wanting not solely to retain her strawweight title but additionally to avenge a 2014 loss to Carla Esparza. What on paper was an intriguing grudge match between two large fighters ended up taking part in out as one of many dullest fights in UFC historical past with neither lady doing a lot of something throughout 5 rounds earlier than Esparza was given the break up resolution win, turning into UFC champion greater than seven years after dropping the title.
To say little occurred within the struggle can be an understatement. By the tip of 5 rounds, the 2 girls had unofficially mixed for lower than 70 mixed strikes.
From the opening seconds, a lot of the struggle was spent with the 2 girls standing at distance, feinting and infrequently throwing strikes from a distance the place they’d no probabilities of touchdown. The shortage of motion led the group to first boo earlier than turning to finish indifference.
The deciding issue within the struggle turned out to be Esparza’s takedowns, of which she solely landed a couple of and by no means held Namajunas on the canvas for any important time. Nonetheless, the takedowns had been a present of aggression that was greater than Namajunas had provided at any level within the struggle.
When the official scorecards had been learn, they had been 48-47 and 49-46 in favor of Esparza with one decide awarding Namajunas the struggle by a rating of 47-48. The group booed earlier than, throughout and after the choice was learn.
“You by no means know what is going on to occur with the judges,” Esparza stated after the struggle. “However I felt like I used to be the aggressor within the struggle and I used to be going after it and going after it.”
It is unlikely the UFC offers Namajunas a rematch within the close to future, given the struggle drew comparisons to among the worst in UFC historical past. Whereas Namajunas appeared shocked, Esparza was balancing pleasure with disappointment within the efficiency.
“You by no means need to be part of a struggle like that,” the brand new champion stated.
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