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Dec 28, 2017

Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza is the FIRST EVER UFC Strawweight champion. 

She’s a highly skilled fighter that has been leading the way for women in the fight game for several years now and is not showing any signs of slowing down soon. The life of a fighter offers many challenges both mentally and physically but Carla has developed the skills to dance with her challenges, not allowing them to defeat her but instead to use them as fuel to her process that makes continues to elevate her performance in the Octagon and outside of it.

Aside from the warrior living within this woman, she is a female who loves to embrace the pleasure in being a woman by making beauty, fashion, and the unity of her friendships with her girls as a big part of the joy she lives in her life.  It’s within that beautiful and badass combination that Carla not only represents a sense of limitlessness with the defiance of putting a female athletes in a box that  can separate them from their innate feminine side; a side she loves to embrace.  

Her journey to get the UFC Strawweight Champion belt back continues on Dec 30 2017 in Las Vegas at UFC 219 where she will face Cynthia Cavillo in her 6th UFC fight; a fight that is sure to be amazing and not one to miss.

There were no shortages of laughs in this fun and inspiring conversation with Carla, she is a true martial artist and a very empowered woman who has inspired the path of so many female fighters to believe their own ability to create a robust career in the fight world. Our conversation is sure to offer some inspiration gems that will add some fuel to your own motivation tank.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • Carla’s family background and upbringing
  • The starting point towards her martial arts journey
  • The value in her relationships with her coaches
  • Being a female in a male dominant sport
  • The value in her relationships with her coaches
  • Mindset towards camp and UFC 219
  • Her experience as a fighter on the TUF reality show
  • How she keeps her mind in a calm set and processes fear
  • What being in camp looks like for her
  • How she processes losing
  • Her love and pleasure in the process embracing her feminine side
  • Love life and male qualities that hold her interest
  • Her childhood hero’s
  • Her legacy- what she wants to be remembered for as a professional fighter

Books mentioned:  The 7 Habits of highly successful people

Stay connected with Carla through Instagram & Twitter: @carlaesparza1