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USATSI_9265939_168382968_lowres5.“The Cookie Monster” Is Back

Carla Esparza, the inaugural women’s strawweight champion, made her return to the cage after dropping her title over a year ago to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Esparza looked in magnificent form, taking down her opponent Juliana Lima almost at will and initiating some devastating ground and pound. Esparza would use her exceptional wrestling skills to cruise her way to a unanimous decision win.

The victory was definitely a much-needed one after the matter to which she lost her title to Jedrzejczyk, eating a flurry of strikes that would send her down in the second round.

If Esparza can muster up a nice win streak, she should be back in the title picture before years end.

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