Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza took a big step in her mixed martial arts career when she defeated Bec Hyatt to win the Invicta FC Strawweight championship. Now the question is where does her career go next?
There is one loss on the Cookie Monster’s record that needs to conquer if she wants to be regarded as the number one 115-pound women’s fighter in the world: to avenge her loss against Jessica “Jag” Aguilar.
Esparza faced Aguilar in 2011. After what was perhaps the best Bellator women’s fight to date, Jag came away with a split-decision while Esparza showed the world how far she had come since her loss to Megumi Fujii back at the season three Bellator women’s tournament.
Since she defeated Fujii back in May 2012, Aguilar has been recognized as the number one strawweight in the world. With Bellator is planning to hold a women’s flyweight (125 pounds) tournament, Aguilar may find a home at Invicta FC if she plans to continue fighting in the 115-pound division.
Although strawweights Tecia “Tiny Tornado” Torres and Joanne Calderwood may have secured a shot for Esparza’s belt after winning their matches at Invicta FC 4, Aguilar, who is currently on a five-fight winning streak, has enough experience that more than qualifies her for a title shot.
If Invicta can put together the rematch between Esparza and Aguilar, the promotion would not only add another exciting match to their ledgers, but also give the Cookie Monster a chance to prove that she is the best strawweight in the world.
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