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Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne are two of the contestants on ‘The Ultimate Fighter'. The season premiere is next week on FOX Sports 1.

They're competing with other fighters to become the first-ever UFC 115-pound champion.

Fun facts about  Carla Esparza & Jessica Penne: (Source: Wikipedia)

|1) Carla is an American professional female mixed martial artist fighting at Strawweight (115 pounds). She was the first Invicta FC Strawweight Champion. She also competed in Bellator Fighting Championships' first women's tournament. Esparza is currently the #13-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the #3-ranked female strawweight according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.

2) While in college, Esparza started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy in Torrance under Rener, Ryron, and Ralek Gracie. She then expanded her mixed martial arts repertoire when she began training at Team Oyama during the summer of her junior year of college.

In August 2010, only six months after her pro debut and with just three professional MMA fights, Esparza was called in by Bellator Fighting Championships as a last-minute replacement for Angela Magana, who was forced to withdraw from her upcoming fight due to a foot injury.Esparza was inserted in the bracket of the Bellator Season 3 115 lb women's tournament at Bellator 24. On just three days' notice, Esparza's opponent in the quarterfinal round was the undefeated and then #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, Megumi Fujii. Esparza lost the fight to the heavily favored Fujii via second-round armbar submission.

Jessica Penne:

1) Jessica is an Italian American mixed martial artist. She was the first Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. She also competed in the first women's bout in Bellator Fighting Championships. Penne is currently the #10-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the #2-ranked female Atomweight (105 lbs) according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings and Fight Matrix.

2)In May 2009, Penne became the first woman to compete and win a bout in the Bellator Fighting Championships organization when she fought at Bellator 5 against Tammie Schneider in a 117-pound catchweight bout. She won the fight via TKO (punches) in the first round.

3) On July 3, 2014, it was announced that Penne was one of 16 contestants on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Pettis vs. Team Melendez, which would crown the Ultimate Fighting Championship's first strawweight champion.

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