Tatiana Suarez has largely been called the Khabib Nurmagomedov of the strawweight division. She has been out due to injuries but she recently gave her take on the UFC strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunas vs Carla Esparza.
Rose Namajunas has been recognized as a great UFC champion and has been tough to beat so far. Tatiana Suarez expects that to stay the case when she takes on Carla Esparza in a rematch.
“I think that Rose is gonna win,” UFC strawweight Suarez said in an interview with Helen Yee. “I just think that maybe Rose has better grappling now than she did when they first went against each other. I did face Carla and once again, nothing against Carla, but I don’t feel like she has maybe the strength. When I fought her, I didn’t feel like she was super strong or anything like that, and I’ve never fought Rose, so I can’t really compare the two.
“But I saw her grappling exchanges with Zhang Weili, and she seemed like she made improvements, and she actually beat her in the grappling exchanges. That’s how she ended up winning, right? So I think she’s improved a little bit in that area, and Carla has the technique, but I don’t think she necessarily has the strength and it looks to me that Rose has packed on some muscle since ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ days, and I’m sure Carla has too, but I just don’t see. So I think Rose will probably (win). It might look similar to the Joanna fight,” the UFC strawweight concluded.