Both fighters, who were regularly booed throughout the encounter, now hold the dubious honor of having participated in perhaps the most boring fight in UFC history. Esparza edged out a split decision victory in the end, however it could have gone either way given the inactivity of both fighters.
The biggest and perhaps only highlight of the fight came in round four, when Esparza almost took Namajunas’ back. The 34-year-old also landed a few ineffectual takedowns throughout the fight, which ultimately swayed the judges to hand her the victory. It was the sixth successive win for Esparza, who now holds the strawweight belt that she lost to Joanna Jędrzejczyk in 2014.
You can catch some of the footage from the co-main event below.
Now, let’s see how fighters reacted to Esparza’s victory over Namajunas at UFC 274.
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