Cris "Cyborg" Justino (18-1) takes on Holly Holm (11-3) for Justino's UFC women's featherweight title Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.The UFC 219 co-feature pits No. 2-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) vs. No. 4 Edson Barboza (19-4) in a lightweight bout. Cynthia Calvillo is undefeated professionally and at UFC 219 seeks her fifth win of the year and fourth in the UFC. Carla Esparza, the inaugural UFC strawweight champion, will pose a formidable challenge. Esparza has fought many of the best fighters in her division and has accumulated an impressive record in the process. Esparza answers back and Calvillo exercises a little more caution.
Esparza (13-4) was the division's inaugural champion three years ago this month when she defeated Namajunas by third-round submission. "Didn't watch it," Esparza said. "I'm not really focused on that fight. I'm focused on my fight. "Everybody sent me text messages and was telling me about it, but it's not my concern.
"Blindspot" has come a long way since it was dubbed as one of the top-rated shows of 2015. Just recently, lead star Jaimie Alexander shared a sweet throwback photo with her co-star, Audrey Esparza, via Instagram. The co-stars were inside a van at the time the photo was taken. Alexander revealed that it was very cold so they had to stay inside the vehicle. "#TBT to filming the pilot for #Blindspot with the lovely @audreyesparza," she wrote.
The last time Raúl Esparza (above) teamed up with the director John Doyle was in 2006, when Esparza played the love-starved hero of Doyle's diamond-sharp revival of "Company." Esparza's yearning intensity will have a darker outlet in "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" (starting previews on Oct. 30, at Classic Stage Company). In Bertolt Brecht's allegory of Hitler's ascent, written in 1941 and first performed in 1958, Esparza plays a nineteen-thirties Chicago gangster who wrests control of the cauliflower trade.
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, Norma Patricia Esparza watches during a news conference in Santa Ana, Calif. Esparza, a psychologist, is expected to be sentenced to six years in prison for the 1995 killing of a man she says raped her while she was a college student. Esparza is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, July 15, 2016, in Orange County Superior Court along with two co-defendants.