Jordan Espinosa

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Draws Elliott in January
FlyweightUFC
October 15, 2020
Espinosa will fight Tim Elliott in a flyweight bout at the UFC event Jan. 16, MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Espinosa is coming off a loss to David Dvorak a month ago via unanimous decision. He is now sitting at 1-3 with the UFC and will hope to change that for the better against a fighter making his 15th start with the promotion.
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Can't keep pace in Vegas
FlyweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Espinosa lost to David Dvorak via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Espinosa looked solid in his unanimous decision win over Mark De La Rosa in June, but De La Rosa offers nothing on the feet, and that's where Dvorak excels. Espinosa tried to keep up with Dvorak in the striking exchanges between the two men, but that's difficult when you're only landing 30 percent of your significant strikes (50-162) while your opponent is connecting on 46 percent (68-146) of his. A former product of Dana White's Contender Series, Espinosa falls to 1-3 in the UFC.
Taking on David Dvorak
FlyweightUFC
July 22, 2020
Espinosa will square off against David Dvorak in a flyweight matchup at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Espinosa put on a dominant showing versus Mark De La Rosa in his June bout, cruising to a unanimous decision victory on the back of a more than 3-to-1 advantage in significant strikes. While he has successfully fended off 88 percent of the takedown attempts against him, Espinosa has struggled when the opposition has been successful, submitting in each of his previous two bouts. Espinosa will likely aim to use his one-inch height and reach advantages over Dvorak to keep him at bay.
Easy victory in Vegas
FlyweightUFC
June 13, 2020
Espinosa defeated Mark De La Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Blessed with a significant advantage in the striking game, Espinosa stuck to the game plan and cruised to the unanimous decision victory. He got off to a fast start. Espinosa was credited with 110 total strikes landed in Round 1 alone, many of them vicious elbows to the side of De La Rosa's head during an exchange along the fence. He kept his foot on the pedal from there, pitching a shutout against his over-matched opponent. It was a strong performance from Espinosa on the heels of a two-fight losing streak. He will now have to follow up with another quality effort his next time out.
Pegged for new opponent June 13
FlyweightUFC
May 20, 2020
Espinosa is slated to face Mark de la Rosa in a bantamweight matchup scheduled for June 13 at a yet-to-be-determined location, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The event doesn't have a location set at this juncture, but Espinosa will no longer square off against Zhalgas Zhumagulov in Kazakhstan as was originally scheduled. Espinosa has been submitted in the first round of each of his last two bouts after earning a unanimous decision victory over Eric Shelton in his UFC debut. He'll aim to bounce back against another fighter who has hit a rough patch in De La Rosa. While it's only a three-fight sample size, Espinosa has recording a higher striking volume than de la Rosa, in addition to a superior mark in takedown defense. He'll also hold a four-inch reach advantage come fight night.
Looking to bounce back in Kazakhstan
FlyweightUFC
March 4, 2020
Espinosa (14-7-0) is in line to face Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-3-0) in a flyweight fight June 13 at UFC Kazakhstan, Nolan King and John Morgan of USA Today report.
ANALYSIS
Since defeating Eric Shelton in his promotional debut in March 2019, Espinosa has fallen on hard times. He's been on the losing end in his last two fights, getting submitted in the first round of both of those contests. The 30-year-old will now head across the globe to take on Zhumagulov, who will be making his UFC debut in his home country.