Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza Meet for UFC Strawweight Title, TUF 20 Roster Set

Written by Tom Ngo
December 10th, 2014

UFC Rose Namajunas

“The Ultimate Fighter 20” is officially a wrap. Wednesday’s finale answered the question the entire show built up to – who will battle to become the UFC’s inaugural strawweight champion?

Rose Namajunas (pictured) and Carla Esparza have advanced to the tournament finals and will vie for the 115-pound crown and a six-figure UFC contract Friday inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Namajunas submitted Randa Markos with a kimura in the semi-finals, while Esparza posted a unanimous decision over Jessica Penne on her end of the brackets.

Penne and Markos will now meet on Friday.

Namajunas owns a 2-1 professional record, but appears to have improved drastically during the show since getting beaten by Tecia Torres in July 2013.

Esparza left Invicta FC as the strawweight champion before entering TUF. She holds a 9-2 pro mark and has won four straight.

Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the main card live.

Here is Friday’s official lineup:

Preliminary Card:

(UFC Fight Pass)

Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly

Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan

(Fox Sports 1)

Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres

Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham

Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres

Heather Jo Clark vs. Bec Rawlings

Felice Herrig vs. Lisa Ellis

Main Card:

(Fox Sports 1)

Randa Markos vs. Jessica Penne

Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor

Daron Cruickshank vs. K.J. Noons

Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens

Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas (for inaugural UFC strawweight title)

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