MMA Fighting was the first to report the news, as the bout was originally set for UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige, but was pulled from the card after one of Rodriguez’s cornermen tested positive for the coronavirus.
Esparza (16-6-0) enters the contest riding a three fight winning streak, with those victories coming over Virna Jandiroba, Alexa Grasso and Michelle Waterson. Esparza hasn’t suffered a defeat in almost two years, with that last loss coming to Tatiana Suarez at UFC 228. Esparza is a former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion, defeating Rose Namajunas to win the gold at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale.
Rodriguez (12-0-2) has won two of four in the UFC, with those wins coming over the duo of Jessica Aguilar and Tecia Torres. Rodriguez has also had two draws in the UFC, with those coming against Randa Markos and Cynthia Calvillo. Rodriguez has fought four times in the UFC and all four of those bouts went to the judges scorecards.
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till takes place on Saturday, July 25 from Fight Island in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with Robert Whittaker and Darren Till headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on ESPN.