6. The Return of Carla Esparza
After dropping her title to current reigning women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, inaugural former 115-pound champion Carla Esparza makes her return to the Octagon after more than a year-long layoff from the cage.
The last time we saw Esparza she failed to survive the onslaught of striking put on her by Jedrzejczyk, which resulted in her being stopped in the late seond round of the fight. Esparza (10-3) is looking to regroup and make her way back into the title picture by taking on a very game Juliana Lima.
Lima (8-2) is on a two-fight winning streak, suffering her most recent loss to the current champion Jedrzejczyk as well. Lima’s tremendous ground game matches up interestingly with Esparza’s wrestling/ground and pound. Will the “Cookie Monster” return to form and jump back into title contention?