Weekend Recap: Carla Esparza Picks Up Quick Submission VictoryTwo-time All-American wrestler Carla Esparza needed just 53 seconds to submit Yadira “Little Ya Ya” Anzaldua on Friday in Clovis, New Mexico. The brief fight was part of an all-female pro card promoted by Evolution Combat Sports, and was Esparza’s first since suffering a broken nose last year.

Esparza has now won back-to-back fights since falling to Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii in the opening round of last year’s Bellator 115-pound women’s tournament. Also on the Evolution card, Heather “Hurricane” Clark stopped Jennifer “Superstar” Clark, while Margarita Chavez edged Cassie Rodish.

Esparza (5-1-0) had little trouble dispatching of Anzaldua (2-3-0), as she took the fight to the mat and quickly secured a rear-naked choke for the finish. The victory was Esparza’s third by way of rear-naked choke, and her fourth submission overall. In December, she battled prospect Nina Ansaroff to a close Split Decision in North Dakota. Though Esparza emerged victorious, it came at a price as she suffered a badly broken nose in the fight. She will next face Jessica “Jag” Aguilar at Bellator 46 on June 25th.

Elsewhere on the all-female pro card, Clark (3-1-0) handed Scott (2-1-0, 1 ND) her first loss, as she threatened with a series of rear-naked chokes in round two before moving to mount and unloading with elbows. The referee stopped the fight at 2:17 of the second round.

The final women’s bout saw Chavez (1-1-0) edge Rodish (0-3-0) by Split Decision after three rounds.