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Kyle Anthony
  • Event: (24637) Michelle Waterson (W) at (24638) Carla Esparza (W)
    Sport/League: MMA
    Date/Time: May 9, 2020 6PM EDT
    Play: 3% – Carla Esparza (W) -150
    Play Rating: 3%
    Result: Win

    Carla Esparza is a strong wrestler with strength in the clinch and when shooting for takedowns. Since training at the UFC's facility a few fights ago she's shown more improvements. Waterson has a good standing skillset, mixing up high kicks and combinations fending off an opponent. The biggest issue I see for The Karate Hottie is the lack of striking output. When she pulls the trigger, she has ability, but in a situation against Carla it'll present many problems. The lack of power and volume wont be enough to keep Carla at bay, leaving many opportinities to shoot for takedowns. Even getting tied up in the clinch favors Carla tremendously. Recently we've seen Waterson work on her ground game in hopes of becoming more well rounded. On top Waterson has improved, but on her back with Carla taking top control, thats a position I believe Waterson will be in a lot. Controling the action is a huge path to victory for Carla with Waterson's limited ground ability. This bull rush Carla has adopted pushes opponents up against the cage, then working from there taking it to the ground. In a recent fight against BJJ Black Belt Virna Jandiroba, Carla really impressed me. Multiple times Carla was out grapping the Virna, and against Waterson Carla will have many chances to control the action. 

    With Carla only being a slight favorite, I like the price and the multiple paths to victory for her. 

    Play: Carla Esparza