Namajunas Out On COVID Protocols – Carla Esparza Steps In To Take On Danielle Kelly

Carla Esparza is taking a last-minute call to face Danielle Kelly at FURY Grappling 3.

The replacement comes as Rose Namajunas is out of the match due to COVID protocols. Esparza, a brown belt in BJJ, is the former UFC and Invicta Strawweight Champion.

Kelly responded to the change in opponent with a simple post on Instagram, “new opponent same goal…”

Esparza expressed her gratitude for the opportunity in her own post, “Philly here we come! Excited for this last-minute opportunity to compete in the main event for @furygrappling! Lesssss go!”

Fury’s biggest event of the year also added Philip Rowe vs. Jonathan Piersma and Gillian Robertson vs. Chrissy Briggs to the card. The full lineup is now:

  • Danielle Kelly vs. Carla Esparza
  • Sean Brady vs. Craig Jones
  • Joe Solecki vs. Donald Cerrone
  • Clay Guida vs. Billy Quarantillo
  • Chase Hooper vs. Renato Moicano
  • Nicky Rod vs. Steve Mowry
  • Kevin Holland vs. Kody Hamrah
  • Neil Magny vs. Joaquim Silva
  • Philip Rowe vs. Jonathan Piersma
  • Alex Caceres vs. Eddy Torres
  • Phil Hawes vs. Andre Petroski
  • Gillian Robertson vs. Chrissy Briggs
  • Matt Pontano vs. Eiad Kassis
  • Ryot Quinn vs. Brayden Cain

The event streams on UFC Fight Pass on December 30 at 4:30 p.m. PT


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