Carla Esparza’s CV is solid
UFC Fight Night 188 took place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, and on the 12-fight card, eight fights ended up going all the way to a decision.
That includes the bantamweight headliner, who saw Rob Font (19-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) overtake Cody Garbrandt (12-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) for a unanimous decision to extend his streak. four wins and come closer to a title shot.
For more on the main event numbers, as well as the rest of the map, check out 40 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 188 below.
Font’s four-game UFC bantamweight streak is tied for the division’s third longest active streak behind Aljamain Sterling (six) and Merab Dvalishvili (five).
Font’s nine wins in the UFC bantamweight division are the fifth largest in division history behind TJ Dillashaw (12), Raphael Assuncao (11), Urijah Faber (11) and Sterling (11).
Garbrandt has fallen to 1-4 in his last five fights dating back to November 2017.
Garbrandt suffered the first decision loss of his career.
Esparza (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) has improved to 8-3 since losing the UFC strawweight title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in March 2015.
Esparza’s five-game UFC-winning streak in strawweight is tied with Tatiana Suarez for the division’s longest active streak.
Esparza’s nine wins in the UFC strawweight competition are the second-biggest in division history behind Jedrzejczyk (10).
Esparza claimed their first knockout victory since October 6, 2012 – a span of 3,150 days (almost nine years) and 14 fights.
Esparza made at least one out against 12 of his 13 opponents in the UFC.
Esparza’s 42 eliminations in the UFC strawweight competition are the most significant in the history of the division.
Yan Xiaonan (13-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) saw his 11-game unbeaten streak interrupted for his first loss since October 2010.
Xiaonan suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Tafa (4-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has suffered two of his three career decision losses.
Norma Dumont (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) took both of her UFC victories by decision.
Felicia Spencer (8-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in her career.
Spencer suffered all three losses of his career by decision.
Ricardo Ramos (15-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has dropped to 2-1 since moving to the featherweight division in November 2019.
Ramos has won four of his six UFC wins by decision.
Bill Algeo (14-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) suffered both of his UFC losses by decision.
Jack Hermansson’s nine middleweight wins (22-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) since 2016 are tied with Israel Adesanya for most in the division.
Edmen Shahbazyan (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) suffered back-to-back losses after starting his career 11-0.
Shahbazyan suffered the first decision loss of his career.
Ben Rothwell (39-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) has dropped to 3-3 since returning to competition in March 2019 after a nearly three-year layoff.
Rothwell has won 35 of his 39 career wins by stoppage. That includes six of his nine UFC wins.
Chris Barnett (21-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.
Court McGee (20-10 MMA, 9-9 UFC) has improved to 6-7 since falling in the welterweight division in February 2013.
McGee has won seven of his nine UFC wins by decision.
Claudio Silva (14-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) suffered his three career losses by decision.
Silva (12-6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) earned both of her UFC victories by knockout.
Victor Rodriguez (4-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) suffered his four career losses by stoppage.
Rodriguez suffered his two UFC losses by knockout.
Damir Ismagulov (20-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 15 fights. He has not suffered a loss since September 2015.
Ismagulov has claimed all four of his UFC victories by decision.
Rafael Alves (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.
Michael Carroll, UFC research analyst and live stats producer, contributed to this story. Follow him on twitter @MJCflipdascript.