Big new year news After more than seven years of fighting for the inaugural UFC Strawweight title, it looks like Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas will run it again in 2022. On Monday, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Sparza is expected to fight for Strawweight Gold in her next fight against Namajunas, although no match-up date has been set. Esparza had previously won the inaugural UFC Women's Straightweight Championship by defeating Namajinas in a submission using the back nude square in December 2014. "Carla Esparza," White told ESPN when asked who is next to Namajunas. "100 percent." Since then, Esparza has been one of the world's top strawweights, but her recent five-fight winning streak has finally put her back in line for a title fight. This will definitely be good news for Sparza, who is demanding a title shot after winning her fifth consecutive victory in the second round in May over Yan Xianan. "This is clearly a huge opportunity that not only did I want, but I felt I deserved it," Esparza told MMA Fighting in October. "What the [UFC] has decided is the best decision for the company. I'm sure they made it for the best interests of the company." Rose Namajunas, on the other hand, was recently named 'Family Fighter of the Year' by Fighters Only magazine at the 13th World MMA Awards held last Friday. She also reached No. 2 in the latest UFC Women's Pound-to-Pound Release. Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is the only person on the list. Rose Namajunas has set a record of 11-4 defeats in her professional mixed martial arts career so far and she has never lost a match again in four attempts against Wiley, Jessica Andrade, Joanna Jedrzejic and Tekia Torres. Namajunas said." By the way, I don't mind because I can fight anyone, but I'm not interested in anyone, except Carla”. her wish came true, and now it remains to be seen when and where the fighting will take place. It seems Esperza no longer has to worry that White has officially announced him as the next person to challenge for the title.