TUF 20 Finale Set – Esparza vs. Namajunas for the Belt Friday

namajunas esparza 01In what was an eventful and drama filled season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, we are set to crown the first ever UFC strawweight champion.

Former InvictaFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza and InvictaFC star Rose Namajunas will square off for the initial title Friday on the TUF 20 Finale live from Las Vegas on Fox Sports 1.

Esparza (9-2) looked impressive in her semi-final bout with former InvictaFC atomweight champion Jessica Penne. Esparza’s volume striking and takedowns were key in the three round battle, which saw Penne stand in the pocket and chase Esparza. All three judges gave Esparza 30-27 on the score cards.

Esparza’s road to the finals included a rear naked choke over Angela Hill, a majority decision win over Tecia Torres, and the unanimous decision over Penne.

Namajunas (2-1) got her second kimura win in the tournament to guarantee her spot in the finals. Namajunas defeated Randa Markos in the second semi-final using her BJJ skills from bottom to transition to a kimura to get the tap in round 1.

Namajunas’s road to the finals saw her submit all of her opponents, including a rear naked choke over Alex Chambers and a kimura over Joanne Calderwood.

Semi-finalists Jessica Penne and Randa Markos will square off as well on the TUF 20 Finale and will kick off the main card.

They also announced the match order of the rest of the fights Friday, with all but two of them airing on Fox Sports 1.

Here is the schedule for Friday

Fox Sports 1 Main Card (9 p.m. est/6 p.m. pst)

  • Main event – Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas – initial strawweight title
  • Jessica Penne vs. Randa Markos

Fox Sports 1 Prelims (7 p.m. est/4 p.m. pst):

  • Felice Herrig vs. Lisa Ellis
  • Bec Rawlings vs. Heather Jo Clark
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
  • Tecia Torres vs. Angela Magana

Fight Pass Prelims (6 p.m. est/3 p.m. pst):

  • Aisling Daly vs. Alex Chambers
  • Emily Kagan vs. Angela Hill

2 thoughts on “TUF 20 Finale Set – Esparza vs. Namajunas for the Belt Friday”

  1. Great finals- should have read alert on Rose sign up of grappling champ in her camp. Carla, Felice, and Rose alliance worked though ROSE came out smelling better in their exchanges and times interacting with Robin post series sit downs as the tapes dont lye. Randaz gained a ton of cred on the mats for her Torres and has some work to do on boxing as haymakers n hooks leave her open vs Penne. Penne another of those needing her posse in her corner or Dana needs to offer 100 dollars each round as she tore up her peers at recruiting / screen test. Carla used her jab to get inside though paid getting her right eye puffed up and scored major points with take downs. Is UFC scoring based on takedowns n ground control? Scoring and what judges are looking for werent explained and was a factor in Murphy cross over from invicta fc to ufc match. Rose the Thug came out this season and yes you can screen snapshot this… 😉 After loss to Torres you reinvented yourself adding Kimura, taking whats given even a back fist to jojo face on the ground shows your awareness and thug instincts though not thug as in thug street wise sense. Going with A Rose on the final and Penne and Emily Jojo, Torres (if she gets her coaches back from fl), Bec, Felice, Ais for card picks. Lets hope Carla isnt the Tate of 115 class while Rose should be checking the ufc 115 map as Miami, Mexico, and Poland h challengers are waiting in da wingz. Shannon deserves a moment on the stage Dana as her brood made this Tuff 20 season one for the wmma empowerment defing and herstorical footnotes. Merry Xmas to one and all… Dont forget to vote for your best of wmma 2014 awardees… 🙂

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