Shelton (12-5-0) has won just two of five fights under the UFC banner, with those wins coming over the duo of Jenel Lausa and Joseph Morales. Shelton has seen his last five fights go the distance and it has been almost three years since the fighter got a finish. Shelton has suffered five defeats as a professional MMA fighter and all of those losses have come by way of decision.
Espinosa (13-5-0-1NC) is going to be making his UFC debut in this encounter and does so on the strength of a four fight winning streak. Espinosa has competed twice on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, defeating Nick Urso on Episode 7 and defeating Riley Dutro on Episode 12. Espinosa has also suffered five losses as a professional MMA fighter, but he has yet to be beaten by way of KO/TKO.
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