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Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10:39am EST

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Xtreme Fighting Championships returned to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida tonight for XFC 15: “Tribute.”  Bellator veteran Carla Esparza took on standout striker Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig in a featured 115-pound women’s matchup.

 

 

Round 1:
Esparza took Herrig down immediately and worked from her guard with elbows. Herrig tried to scramble to her feet, but Esparza kept her down and nearly moved to mount. Herrig used the cage to stand and the fighters exchanged knees. Esparza dragged Herrig to the mat and landed short punches. She tried to take Herrig’s back, but Herrig stood up.

Herrig sprawled out of a takedown, but Esparza maintained her grip and clinched. She used a judo throw to take Herrig down and punched from the scarf hold position. Esparza moved to half-guard and punched from the top. She landed elbows as well and Herrig could not get to her feet. Esparza made it to mount and punched away as Herrig’s left eye swelled. Esparza tried for an armbar before the bell. 10-9 Esparza.

Round 2:
Esparza punched her way into a clinch in round two, but it was Herrig who scored a takedown. She landed in mount, but Esparza scrambled and wound up in Herrig’s guard. Esparza postured up and landed strikes to the hematoma above Herrig’s left eye. Herrig looked to set up an omoplata from the bottom, but Esparza evaded danger.

Herrig continued to look for submissions from the bottom, but Esparza picked her up and slammed her down. Esparza tried to pass Herrig’s guard, but could not and the fighters were stood up. Esparza landed a front kick to the face and knees in a clinch. Herrig connected with a right cross, but Esparza took her down. Esparza landed short left hands until the bell. 10-9 Esparza.

Round 3:
Esparza landed a pair of one-twos to open the final round and Herrig clinched. She could not get Esparza down and Esparza broke free of the clinch. Esparza took Herrig down to the mat and briefly moved to side control. Herrig got back to full guard and Esparza punched from the top. Herrig nearly secured an armbar, but Esparza escaped and moved back to side control. Esparza landed hard elbow strikes and right hands as Herrig attempted to scramble out to defend.

Esparza kept Herrig down and landed more short strikes. She worked for a far-side keylock, but Herrig countered with a leg scissor choke. Esparza freed herself and wound up on top in side control again. Esparza landed knees to the body and Herrig got back to full guard. The fighters were stood up and both landed right hooks. Herrig snapped Esparza’s head back with a front kick to the face. Good fight. 10-9 Esparza.

Winner: Carla Esparza by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds. She improves to 6-2-0.

 

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