Fans Pour Beer on Carla Esparaza After Decision Win
Carla Esparza wasn’t feeling the love from the UFC Mexico City crowd. Honestly, who would blame her? Although Esparza walked away from the Mexico City arena with a victory over Alexa Grasso, she didn’t escape the venue without getting beer poured on her head.
Also, admitting to having Mexican blood didn’t matter to the hostile crowd in the stands.
However, Esparza edged out a very close decision victory over Alexa Grasso. While Grasso’s hometown of Guadalajara is six hours away from the venue, she was still considered the crowd favorite. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why the crowd was so upset when Grasso lost the very close decision.
Mexico City Crowd Reaction
Esparza was visibly unsettled with the crowd’s feedback towards the results of the fight. Booing as loud as they possibly could, Michael Bisping asked Esparza how she felt about the decision. Nonetheless, Carla still handled herself as a professional.
In the post-fight press conference, Carla voiced her frustrations with the hostile crowd. Also, she admitted that a member of the boisterous crowd doused her with a beer upon leaving the arena.
Speaking to Media After the Fight
Carla opened up to the media about her experience after the fight.
“I’ve definitely fought in a lot of people’s hometowns, and this was definitely the most passionate crowd I’ve ever been in front of,” said Carla.
“The sad thing was, there were a couple of bad seeds in the crowd. I was walking out and someone poured beer on me. It made me really sad because people win and lose, but you can’t control the judges. I felt that I fairly won the fight. It was just really sad for me.”
Actions of the fans were absolutely uncalled for. Especially due to the fact that Esparza truly believes that she won the fight.
Continuing in the interview, Esparza mentioned that she wished fans had more respect for the fighters.
Facing misfortune in unfriendly conditions wasn’t enough to shake Carla. Esparza still remained professional. Never insulting the crowd or blaming the crowd as a whole, Carla deserves respect for the way she handled the incident.