With his back against the wall, Jordan Espinosa delivered with a dominant performance against Mark De La Rosa at UFC on ESPN 10.
Coming off two consecutive losses, Espinosa knew he needed a win and he put in a punishing performance round after round to win a lopsided decision after three rounds. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26, all in favor of Espinosa.
“I feel freaking great,” Espinosa said following the victory. “My last two fights barely went two and half minutes total so I think this is the kind of performance I needed.”
It was clear from the first exchanges that Espinosa and De La Rosa definitely had something to prove as they moved up to bantamweight for this short notice showdown.
As soon as the first round started, Espinosa established a well-timed and well placed jab that snapped De La Rosa’s head back on numerous occasions. To counter those strikes, De La Rosa started to look for a takedown against the cage but Espinosa made him pay with a barrage of elbows to the side of the head.
The longer the fight stayed on the feet, Espinosa was able to put together a string of combinations that continued to catch De La Rosa on the end of his punches. While De La Rosa kept moving forward, he was struggling to get inside of Espinosa’s range.
The third round saw more of the same but this time Espinosa altered his game plan by mixing in some takedowns that kept De La Rosa guessing at every turn. Espinosa hammered away at De La Rosa, who was down big on the scorecards but managed to stick around until the final horn.
After defeating UFC veteran Eric Shelton in his debut, Espinosa suffered a pair of submission losses before making his return to the win column on Saturday night. Following this performance, Espinosa wasted no time looking ahead to what he wants next.
“I’m trying to get ‘Fight Island,” Espinosa said. “I’ve never even been overseas before. I’m down to get on the July 25. Tyson Nam just got a knockout. I’d be down to fight him.”