With a champion crowned, UFC’s female strawweights reach the end of the beginning

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Carla Esparza Carla Esparza

[autotag]Carla Esparza[/autotag] stood in her corner before the fight looking more like a person preparing to be thrown into a volcano than one who was just a few minutes away from making UFC history.

As [autotag]Rose Namajunas[/autotag] (2-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) bounced from foot to foot on the other side of the cage, Esparza (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) remained totally still, as if convinced that her opponent was a predator whose vision was based on movement. When UFC announcer Bruce Buffer called Esparza’s name, she raised her hand like he’d asked who needed to go to the bathroom. Then she went out for her UFC debut and dominated the fighter who was, depending on who you asked, maybe supposed to be the 115-pound Ronda Rousey, sealing the deal with a choke that put the organization’s first women’s strawweight title around her waist.

So ended the transitional phase for…

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