UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern believes that UFC title contender Carla Esparza brings Khabib-like style to the table whenever she steps into the cage.
Speaking to Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie, Dern opened up about the upcoming fight between Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza recently and noted that Namajunas is the favourite to secure the win.
“I think Rose is going to win just because I think she’s evolved so much in all different areas. Her ground, her takedowns — I mean just with her fight with Zhang Weili, they were taking each other down. So to see Rose getting the takedowns in that fight and stuff like that was really entertaining. Her striking, she’s precise. Her striking is just looking so good,” Dern said.
Despite picking Namajunas, Dern went on to add that Esparza is a dangerous fighter that brings some exciting tools into the cage.
“I think Rose is going to get the win, but I won’t be surprised if Carla gets an upset or something like that. Carla has just gotten so good at implementing her game and it’s like, who’s going to win? The person that’s kind of more all-around, or the person that’s Khabib-style that knows their game and can implement it and just put on that pressure no matter who she fights? That’s what I think Carla really brings to the table. She’s just good and no matter who she fights, she’s able to put her game on. I’m not like that,” she added.
Namajunas and Esparza are set to lock horns for the UFC Strawweight title at UFC 274 on May 8, 2022. Who do you think will come out as the winner in the bout? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.