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Zhang promises ‘banger’ in potential Shevchenko superfight

Zhang Weili celebrates her UFC 281 win over Carla Esparza. | Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Strawweight champion Zhang Weili expects nothing but a …read more

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Zhang Weili Lays Down Requirement For Rose Namajunas Trilogy

UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili wants revenge against Rose Namajunas, but only if Namajunas passes a specific requirement. Weili regained the strawweight throne by defeating Carla Esparza via submission at …read more

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UFC champion Weili Zhang reveals plans for a future clash with fellow titleholder Valentina Shevchenko: “Eventually we will run into each other”

UFC women’s strawweight champion Weili Zhang believes she’ll meet Valentina Shevchenko in the octagon. ‘Magnum’ is fresh off her title bid against Carla Esparza last month at UFC 281. In …read more

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UFC 281 Thrill and Agony video: ‘You don’t like me and I don’t like you, but respect’

The UFC 281 edition of The Thrill and the Agony focuses on the two title fights — Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira and Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili — as …read more

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Weili Zhang was surprised that fight fans booed “poor” Carla Esparza at UFC 281 in New York: “I don’t know why. Maybe more fans like my fight style”

Weili Zhang has admitted that she was surprised to hear fans booing Carla Esparza during their showdown at UFC 281. Earlier this month at UFC 281, Weili Zhang regained the …read more

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Zhang Weili doesn't understand why 'poor' Carla Esparza was booed at UFC 281: 'I was so surprised'

LAS VEGAS – UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili was surprised at the reception Carla Esparza received ahead of their title fight.
The two fought earlier this month in the co-main event …read more

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Watch: Top 10 Strawweight Submissions In UFC History

Zhang Weili’s recent submission of Carla Esparza at UFC 281 prompted the promotion to count down the top strawweight submissions. The strawweight division has produced some of the most impressive …read more

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Henry Cejudo: Zhang Weili should face Rose Namajunas next over 'dangerous' Amanda Lemos

Henry Cejudo thinks Zhang Weili should defend her strawweight title against Rose Namajunas, not Amanda Lemos.
Weili (23-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) reclaimed her 115-pound belt when she submitted Carla Esparza in Saturday’s …read more

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Zhang Weili Wants To Know Why Carla Esparza Was Getting Booed

Freshly reinstated women’s straw weight champion Zhang Weili is not sure why Carla Esparza is getting the kind of hate that she has been. There have been very few fighters …read more

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Zhang Weili Explains Why Carla Esparza’s Punches Made Her Smile

Newly crowned UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Zhang Weili has explained why she displayed a jovial attitude after being hit by Carla Esparza. This past weekend, two titles changed hands at …read more

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Carla Esparza issues statement following title loss to Weili Zhang at UFC 281

Carla Esparza has issued a statement following her title loss to Weili Zhang at UFC 281. UFC 281 saw Carla Esparza (20-7 MMA) get in the Octagon with Weili Zhang …read more

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Mick Maynard's Shoes: What's next for Israel Adesanya, Carla Esparza after UFC 281 losses?

(ALSO SEE: Mick Maynard’s Shoes: What’s next for champs Alex Pereira, Zhang Weili after UFC 281 wins?)
After entering UFC 281 as champions, Israel Adesanya and Carla Esparza both had their …read more

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Weili Zhang Wants to Defend UFC Title at Pay-Per-View Event in China

Weili Zhang outclassed Carla Esparza in all aspects of their UFC 281 co-main event bout on the way to reclaiming the strawweight throne with a second-round submission victory. …read more

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Carla Esparza Speaks Out Following UFC 281 Loss To Zhang Weili

Former two-time UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza is remaining positive following her loss to Zhang Weili at UFC 281. Esparza lost to Weili in the UFC 281 co-main event on …read more

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Zhang Weili not surprised by Carla Esparza in UFC 281 title win: 'This fight played out exactly what we expect'

NEW YORK – Zhang Weili knew she was going to be champion once again.
The Chinese star reclaimed the women’s strawweight belt Saturday when she dethroned Carla Esparza in the UFC …read more

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MMA Fighters React To Zhang Weili Submitting Carla Esparza At UFC 281

Zhang Weili regained the UFC strawweight title with a sensational submission of Carla Esparza at UFC 281 tonight. The Chinese was dominant from the outset, getting the better of some …read more

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Zhang submits Esparza for strawweight title

Zhang Weili reclaimed her 115-pound championship by submitting Carla Esparza in the second round of their strawweight title fight, which co-headlined UFC 281 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. …read more

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UFC 281 results: Zhang Weili wins back title with unusual rear-naked choke submission of Carla Esparza

NEW YORK – Zhang Weili is champion once again and she earned the title back in unusual fashion Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
With a modified arm-trapping rear-naked choke, Weili (23-3 …read more

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UFC 281 results: Zhang Weili reclaims strawweight title with rear-naked choke submission to finish Carla Esparza

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Zhang Weili is UFC strawweight champion once again.
In a dominant showcase, Zhang bested Carla Esparza in almost every exchange before …read more

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UFC 281 video: Zhang hits crucifix RNC on Esparza to recapture 115-pound title

Weili Zhang hit a crucifix RNC on Carla Esparza to recapture the 115-pound title in the UFC 281 co-main event | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

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‘Anyone surprised? - Pros react to Zhang’s crucifix submission of Esparza at UFC 281

Weili Zhang submitted Carla Esparza at UFC 281. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Weili Zhang submitted Carla Esparza at UFC 281. On Twitter, pro …read more

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Zhang Weili vs. Carla Esparza full fight video highlights

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Watch Zhang Weili vs. Carla Esparza full fight video highlights from the main card of UFC 281, courtesy of the …read more

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Pros react after Weili Zhang subs Carla Esparza at UFC 281

Tonight’s UFC 281 event was co-headlined by a women’s strawweight title fight featuring Carla Esparza taking on Weili Zhang. Esparza (19-7 MMA) had recaptured the 115lbs title at May’s UFC …read more

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Twitter reacts to Zhang Weili's title-winning submission of Carla Esparza at UFC 281

Zhang Weili achieved the feat of becoming strawweight champion for a second time on Saturday when she dethroned Carla Esparza of the belt in the UFC 281 headliner.
After dropping the …read more

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AND NEW ... AGAIN!!!

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Strawweight elites Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili collided tonight (Sat., Nov. 12, 2022) in UFC …read more

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UFC 281 Results: Weili Zhang stops Carla Esparza in Round 2 (Video)

Tonight’s UFC 281 event is co-headlined by a women’s strawweight title fight featuring Carla Esparza taking on Weili Zhang. Esparza (19-7 MMA) recaptured the 115lbs title at May’s UFC 274 …read more

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UFC 281 live blog: Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili

Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili will clash in the UFC 281 co-main event Saturday. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

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Zhang Weili taps out Carla Esparza in UFC 281 co-main event

Two-time women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza put her title on the line against former champion Zhang Weili in the UFC 281 co-main event on Saturday.

Esparza made history by becoming the …read more

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Carla Esparza offers advice to fighters looking to duplicate her long-term success in the UFC

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Carla Esparza will celebrate her 13th year as a professional fighter in early 2023 while spending most of that time …read more

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UFC 281 predictions

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Israel Adesanya and Carla Esparza can rewrite history.
For “The Last Stylebender,” the UFC 281 main event presents the opportunity to …read more

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Preview! Esparza Vs Weili — ‘Fearless’

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Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight champion Carla Esparza will defend her 115-pound strap against former division titleholder Zhang Weili …read more

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UFC 281 results: Carla Esparza vs. Weili Zhang

Carla Esparza defends her strawweight title against former champion Weili Zhang in the UFC 281 co-main event | Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC

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UFC 281 play by play: Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili

Carla Esparza at the UFC 281 press conference. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Check out the round by round updates for Carla Esparza vs. …read more

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UFC 281 Ceremonial Weigh-in Video: Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili

UFC 281 features two world title bouts starting with the co-main event between two-time strawweight champion Carla Esparza and former titleholder Zhang Weili.

After stepping off the scales during Friday’s UFC …read more

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Carla Esparza Theorizes Why SW Is “Most Stacked” Female Division

UFC champion Carla Esparza thinks she knows why the strawweight division is so stacked. UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza is getting ready to defend her title at the upcoming UFC …read more

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UFC 281 video: Carla Esparza, Zhang Weili face off one last time before strawweight title bout

NEW YORK – Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili had their final faceoff at Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins ahead of their UFC 281 co-main event title fight.
Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) will put …read more

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UFC 281 breakdown: Can the favored Zhang Weili recapture the title from Carla Esparza?

MMA Junkie analyst Dan Tom breaks down the UFC’s top bouts. Today, we look at the co-main event for UFC 281.
UFC 281 takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in …read more

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UFC 281 Co-Main Event Weigh-in Video: Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili

The UFC 281 co-main event fighters, strawweight champion Carla Esparza and former titleholder Zhang Weili, officially weighed in on Friday in New York City.

UFC 281 takes place at Madison Square …read more

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UFC 281 video: Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili make weight for strawweight title clash

NEW YORK – There were no issues on the scale for Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili ahead of their UFC 281 co-headliner.
The women’s strawweight title fight between Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 …read more

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UFC 281 Embedded, Episode 4: ‘I don’t know how he’ll erase that memory’

In the fourth episode of UFC 281 Embedded, Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira hype up their main event bout at media day, Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili hit the treadmills …read more

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Esparza ‘Deserves Respect And Attention!’

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk isn’t a fan of the vitriol coming Carla Esparza’s way as of late.
The Strawweight …read more

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UFC 281 | Pro fighters make their picks for Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili title fight

In the co-main event of UFC 281, the strawweight title is on the line as Carla Esparza looks to defend her belt for the first time as she takes on …read more

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UFC 281 Clash: Esparza Vs. Weili!

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Strawweight elites Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili will collide this weekend (Sat., Nov. 12, …read more

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Strawweight champion Carla Esparza booed at UFC 281 presser in New York (Video)

Carla Esparza was given a harsh reception from the New York crowd at the UFC 281 pre-fight presser. Boos rang out in the Big Apple a the 115lb champ talked …read more

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Video: Does Carla Esparza have a shot at defending the title against Zhang Weili at UFC 281?

The UFC 281 co-main event will see the strawweight title on the line as champ Carla Esparza shares the cage with former champ Zhang Weili.
Esparza enters on the longest active …read more

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UFC 281 faceoff: Zhang Weili hears chants from crowd during staredown with Carla Esparza

NEW YORK – The UFC 281 co-headliners crossed paths for the first time on fight week during Thursday’s pre-fight news conference, where Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili locked eyes.
Esparza (19-6 …read more

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Watch the UFC 281 Pre-fight Press Conference Live

Watch the UFC 281: Pre-Fight Press Conference live on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT featuring main card fighters Israel Adesanya, Alex Pereira, Carla Esparza, Zhang Weili …read more

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Carla Esparza on Zhang Weili before UFC 281: 'It doesn't really matter what she thinks or fears'

NEW YORK – At one point during her session with reporters Wednesday, UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza trembled. No, it wasn’t for the reason you probably are thinking. It was …read more

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Big favorite Zhang Weili says she has no fear of Carla Esparza in UFC 281 title fight

NEW YORK – She may be the challenger Saturday, but former women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili is brimming with confidence.
Weili (22-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) meets Carla Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 …read more

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After 'bummer' over Rose Namajunas, UFC champ Carla Esparza 'excited to put it all on the line' vs. Zhang Weili

Carla Esparza is hoping her title defense against Zhang Weili can erase the criticism of her most recent fight.
Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) dethroned Rose Namajunas to capture the strawweight title …read more

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Carla Esparza relishing in underdog role ahead of UFC 281 title defense against Weili Zhang: “It’s always great to win, but to silence all the doubters”

UFC women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza is happy to be the underdog this weekend. ‘Cookie Monster’ is set to return for the first time since her controversial win over Rose …read more

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Carla Esparza’s Chance To Solidify Her Legacy

Carla Esparza Looks To Defend Her Strawweight Title Against Zhang Weili In The Co-Main Event At UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira
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UFC 281 ‘Embedded’ video (Ep. 1): Dealing with strength factor is key for Carla Esparza after ‘grueling’ preparation

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Episode 1 of UFC 281 “Embedded” features insight into how the co-main event competitors have approached their camps. UFC 281 …read more

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VIDEO: UFC 281 'Countdown' for Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili

Did you miss the debut of UFC 281 “Countdown” or just want to watch it again? Check out the co-main event preview now.
The segment takes a special look at the …read more

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UFC 281 Countdown Video: Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili

UFC 281 Countdown previews the strawweight co-main event title matchup between current division queen Carla Esparza and former champ Zhang Weili who is on a mission to regain the title.

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Amanda Lemos confident in No. 1 contender status, predicts Zhang Weili defeats Carla Esparza at UFC 281

LAS VEGAS – Amanda Lemos believes she’s done enough.
The UFC women’s strawweight contender is confident she’ll get the next title shot following her most recent win inside the octagon. Lemos …read more

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Rose Namajunas Makes Her Prediction For Carla Esparza Vs. Zhang Weili

Former UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas feels Zhang Weili vs. Carla Esparza will be more competitive than most believe. Namajunas lost the strawweight belt to Esparza at UFC 274 earlier …read more

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Rose Namajunas: Hard to count out Carla Esparza, but 'I'm definitely leaning more toward' Zhang Weili at UFC 281

Former UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas has a vested interest in the upcoming title fight.
Namajunas (11-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) recently lost her 115-pound title to Carla Esparza by split decision in …read more

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VIDEO: Whoa! Zhang Weili shows off incredible strength by lifting Francis Ngannou onto her shoulder

Zhang Weili is looking super strong ahead of her title fight at UFC 281.
Ex-champ Weili (22-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) challenges strawweight champion Carla Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in the …read more

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Snoozefest! Namajunas ‘Would Love’ Esparza Trilogy

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Rose Namajunas has mixed feelings about facing Carla Esparza a third time.
“Thug” and “Cookie Monster” squared off …read more

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Rose Namajunas hopes for trilogy with Carla Esparza, but admits there isn’t much fan interest: “I don’t know if I’d want to subject the fans to that”

Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas is back on the hunt for gold. ‘Thug Rose’ has been out of action since her rematch with Carla Esparza in May. Their …read more

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Air Francis Cleared For Takeoff

Former UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili is gearing up for her UFC 281 pay-per-view (PPV) title fight against current 115-pound titleholder Carla Esparza, a five round showdown scheduled for Sat., …read more

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Rose Namajunas says she “got what she needed” out of Carla Esparza rematch: “I’m an artist and you don’t always have Mona Lisas”

Rose Namajunas claims she got what she needed out of the Carla Esparza rematch. Namajunas (11-5 MMA) and Esparza (20-6 MMA) originally met in December of 2014 in the women’s …read more

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