The training days of a mixed martial arts professional fighter have no breaks. The elite athletes go from home to the gym for months to reach the best possible level in the physical, technical and mental.
This is confirmed by Carla Esparza, of Ecuadorian roots and who will fight in the UFC octagon this Saturday September 8, 2018. “No breaks! Like, I train, I train, I sleep and then I repeat “, explains the 30-year-old fighter when asked about the days of a fighter of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). “The preparation is going well. I’m going to fight against a world wrestling medal (wrestling), so I’ve been working with other wrestlers. The work has been very hard and I hope to have my hand raised once again, “said the athlete who was already champion in the straw weight in Invicta Fighting Championships and also in UFC.
Carla Esparza was born in California, United States, and cannot “wait to visit Ecuador again”. Her mother was born in Tosagua, Manabí, where her grandfather had the first large store of the place, although later the family sold the business and moved to Quito, near the Carondelet Palace in the Historic Center.
“The family is very important for us,” clarifies the athlete, who began to practice fighting at school. At that time she also began to learn other martial arts, when it was not a wrestling season, and for about eight years she has been a professional fighter.
In addition to being the first champion in the category Straw Women in UFC, also participated in the reality of that company in television, the TUF 20 (2014). By the way, on that occasion, Rose Namajunas, the current owner of the crown in her category, won the final. ‘Cookie Monster’, as they call it in sports, remains in the elite of this sport and has faced the best fighters in the world in its weight division as the Polish Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the Brazilian Claudia Gadelha, among others.
Therefore, Carla will seek to emerge victorious from her next challenge, this Saturday against the undefeated in seven bouts Tatiana Suárez (USA), because among its objectives is to regain ownership of the title of champion. At 1.54 meters tall, the fighter of Ecuadorian descent likes to take long walks with her dog Gunner, an Italian mastiff. In his free time he also learns to play tennis and in the future he wants to surf.
“When I was a girl I had so many dreams. I wanted to be a lawyer and also an actress, but I never thought I would be a fighter, “says the athlete who is part of Team Oyama. Her professional record is 14 wins, 5 losses and no draw (14-5-0). She is currently in the sixth box of his weight and knows that a victory against Suarez (ninth in the world), will bring it a little closer to her goal of contesting the crown. The fight between Esparza and Suarez will be part of the Billboard Woodley v. Till to be held in Texas, United States, this Saturday, September 8. (I)