Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza delivered one of the worst bouts of 2022 and certainly one of the worst title bouts of all time. Both were too timid and defense minded.
Over the course of 25 minutes, Namajunas threw 37 strikes while Esparza threw 30.
The key to Esparza’s victory is likely the fact she landed 2 takedowns as opposed to 1 from Namajunas.
Trevor Wittman did his best to motivate Namajunas to throw caution to the wind and deliver but she seemed reluctant.
Her 13 years older fiancé Pat Barry delivered this key piece of advice that may have ended upc costing her the title:
“Hear the boos? You’re doing it right.” Pat Barry tells Rose Namajunas
In the end the judges awarded the decision victory to Esparza. Esparza hugged her husband to be after the victory.