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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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Zhang Weili anticipates future fight with Valentina Shevchenko, guarantees it will be ‘a banger’

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Zhang Weili would love to test her skills against flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko.
Currently in her second reign as UFC strawweight …read more

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The MMA Hour with Zhang Weili, Stephen Thompson, Rafael dos Anjos, and Matheus Nicolau at 1 p.m. ET

The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life! Below is a rundown of Monday’s show, which begins at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. …read more

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Yazmin Jauregui doesn't see UFC champ Zhang Weili being dethroned 'until it's our turn'

Yazmin Jauregui sees the UFC women’s strawweight division finally have some consistency at the top.
The unbeaten prospect doesn’t think the championship will continue to change hands, as has been the …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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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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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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‘No Regrets’

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Carla Esparza did her best at UFC 281 but came up short.
“Cookie Monster” was submitted by Zhang Weili in the …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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MMA Junkie Radio #3311: UFC 281 reaction, remembering Anthony Johnson, more

Monday’s edition of MMA Junkie Radio with “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” is here.
On Episode 3,311, the fellas unpack all things UFC 281 – from Alex Pereira’s to Zhang Weili’s title …read more

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MMA SQUARED: UFC 281 saw the birth of a meme and the end of dreams; Welcome to the Pereira-ERA

UFC 281, UFC, MMA news, Dana White, Israel Adesanya, Alex Pereira, Zhang Weili, Carla Esparza, | Chris Rini

PereirERA? Pair-air-uh? Pereirererererere?
…read more

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Mick Maynard's Shoes: What's next for champs Alex Pereira, Zhang Weili after UFC 281 wins?

(ALSO SEE: Mick Maynard’s Shoes: What’s next for Israel Adesanya, Carla Esparza after UFC 281 losses?)
UFC 281 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York marked a changing of …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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Zhang Weili targets pay-per-view title defense in China for 2023

Zhang Weili | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Zhang Weili is bringing home UFC gold, and next, she wants to bring a pay-per-view home.
The Chinese …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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UFC 281 post-fight show: Reaction To Alex Pereira’s stunning finish of Israel Adesanya, Zhang Weili’s title win

Needing a finish heading into the fifth and final round, Alex Pereira landed his most powerful shots when he needed them the most and stunned Israel Adesanya to become the …read more

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Newly crowned champions banked UFC 281 bonuses

Following Saturday’s UFC 281 event, UFC president Dana White announced the recipients of the performance-based bonuses. The fight promotion handed out four $50,000 checks to Alex Pereira, Zhang Weili, …read more

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Zhang Weili def. Carla Esparza at UFC 281: Best photos

Check out the best photos from Zhang Weili’s second-round submission win over Carla Esparza at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photos by Jessica Alcheh, USA TODAY …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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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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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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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 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

This is the UFC 281 …read more

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Carla Esparza Shares One Thing She’ll Never Do In MMA Career

UFC Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza promises to be an easy titleholder to book for the promotion going forward. Esparza will face former strawweight champion Zhang Weili in the UFC 281 …read more

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Posted on November 12, 2022, 8:16 pm By
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UFC 281 fight card primer: Esparza vs. Weili

Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili at ceremonial weigh-ins for UFC 281. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Get up to date on the co-main …read more

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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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UFC 281 Gambling Preview: Will Israel Adesanya get his redemption, and going all-in on Zhang Weili

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UFC 281 is upon us and buddy, it’s a doozy. In the main event, Israel Adesanya puts his middleweight title …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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Carla Esparza: Zhang Weili Underestimated Rose Like She’s Doing Me

UFC Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza feels Zhang Weili is overlooking her and that it could lead to her downfall. Esparza will defend her title against Weili in the UFC 281 …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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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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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 Press Conference Face-Offs Video

Watch Israel Adesanya, Alex Pereira, Carla Esparza, Zhang Weili, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler face-off at the UFC 281 Pre-fight Press Conference.

UFC 281 takes place on Saturday at …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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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: ‘It makes me smile and laugh’ that people still doubt me ahead of Zhang Weili fight

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It’s still somewhat rare that a defending champion will be considered an underdog ahead of a title fight but that’s …read more

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk reveals she nearly ended retirement and returned to fighting: “I was about to call Dana”

Joanna Jedrzejczyk thought about ending her retirement less than six months after calling it a career. Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement from MMA following her KO loss to Zhang Weili at …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.

Esparza …read more

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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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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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Of course Mike Brown would welcome back Joanna Jedrzejczyk, but he's 'really content' if she stays retired

Heading into UFC 275, American Top Team head coach Mike Brown’s focus was on training Joanna Jedrzejczyk to beat Zhang Weili and nothing else.
Things didn’t their way, though, this past …read more

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I don’t want to be ‘the retired old lady’ - Joanna says HOF induction is too soon

Joanna Jedrzejczyk after her KO loss to Zhang Weili at UFC 275 in June. | Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

Joanna Jedrzejczyk isn’t ready …read more

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