Carla Esparza vs. Maryna Moroz
The lineup for the UFC’s very first occasion in Oklahoma City in nearly 8 years continues to grow with the addition of a ladies’s strawweight fight.
Inaugural 115-pound champion Carla Esparza (11-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will satisfy Maryna Moroz (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 112, UFC officials recently revealed. The reservation first was reported by ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto, and Esparza tweeted her inclusion on the card, also.
UFC Fight Night 112 takes place June 25 (a Sunday) at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., and airs on FS1 with early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. It will be the UFC’s first see to the city since September 2009.
It’s been an up-and-down run for Esparza in the UFC. She won Season 19 of “The Ultimate Fighter” to become the promo’s very first ladies’s strawweight champ when she sent Rose Namajunas in the 3rd round in December 2014. However in her first title defense three months later, she was controlled by Joanna Jedrzejczyk and gave up the belt with a second-round TKO.
After 13 months on the sidelines, she rebounded with a consentaneous choice over Juliana Lima at UFC 197 11 months earlier. However after another lengthy layoff, she dropped a split decision to Randa Markos at UFC Fight Night 105 in Canada a month earlier. Of the 23 media outlets tracked by MMADecisions.com, just four scored the fight in Markos’ favor.
Moroz has won three of her first four battles in the UFC and has back-to-back triumphes considering that the only loss of her career, which visited decision to Valerie Letourneau in August 2015. Ever since, she has decision wins over Cristina Stanciu and Danielle Taylor, both in 2016