Amanda Lemos Promises Ruthless Finish in Upcoming UFC Strawweight Title Showdown Against Zhang Weili3 min read
In a stunning display of skill and determination, Amanda Lemos has earned her chance to compete for the prestigious UFC strawweight title. With an impressive record of 7-1 within a span of just 35 months, including remarkable victories over Michelle Waterson-Gomez and Marina Rodriguez, Lemos has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with. Now, her sights are set on securing a definitive triumph as she faces off against the formidable Zhang Weili at UFC 292 on Aug. 19.
Acknowledging Weili’s explosive style, Lemos expressed her eagerness to engage in a battle that will set the octagon ablaze. “She likes to finish fights just like myself, so we’ll set the octagon on fire,” Lemos declared confidently during her appearance on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast. “I’ll get in there to win. We have a solid strategy, and I’m certain I’ll leave the cage with the belt.”
“Weili is very dangerous, so I must remain alert to all her movements,” Lemos admitted. “Her explosiveness is something we’re actively studying in training. It’s going to be an incredibly tough fight, but we’ll give it our all. She wants her belt, and I want that belt for myself, so there’s no way it will be left in the hands of the judges.”
As a former Jungle Fight bantamweight champion, Lemos has left an indelible mark on the MMA scene. Since joining the UFC in 2019, she has showcased her skills with finishes in five out of her seven victories. Notably, she secured three consecutive first-round stoppages against Montserrat Ruiz, Livinha Souza, and Miranda Granger.
On the other hand, Zhang Weili boasts an identical 7-2 record within the octagon, with four notable finishes against high-ranking opponents such as Carla Esparza, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Jessica Andrade, and Jessica Aguilar. Recognizing the challenge that lies ahead, Lemos has been diligently sharpening her skills in all areas, emphasizing her growth during training.
“I’m honing my abilities in every aspect,” Lemos stated. “I can feel myself evolving with each training session. I have an incredible jiu-jitsu coach who has introduced me to new tricks that I can’t wait to implement. While I can’t predict the outcome, I guarantee it won’t go the distance. It will either end in a knockout or a submission. That’s what I’m relentlessly pursuing on August 19.”
This long-awaited opportunity to compete for UFC gold arrives seven years after Lemos made the difficult decision to step away from the sport due to a lack of opportunities, despite being the Jungle Fight champion. Following a period of working as a motorcycle taxi driver in Belem to make ends meet, Lemos was presented with a sudden UFC opportunity against Leslie Smith by her manager, Wallid Ismail. Despite not having trained for months and sustaining an injury during training, Lemos courageously accepted the challenge. She traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to face Smith, ultimately losing via second-round TKO. Subsequently, Lemos faced a two-year suspension from USADA and underwent surgery to address a serious spine injury. Her triumphant return to the octagon in late 2019.
Her triumphant return to the octagon in late 2019 marked the beginning of her remarkable journey in the strawweight division. Since then, Lemos has consistently impressed fans and critics alike with her extraordinary skills and unwavering determination.
As the date for her clash with Zhang Weili draws near, Amanda Lemos remains focused and driven. She understands the magnitude of the challenge ahead and has dedicated herself to refining her techniques and expanding her arsenal. With a burning desire to claim the UFC strawweight belt as her own, Lemos is prepared to leave everything inside the octagon on that fateful night.
The MMA world eagerly awaits the clash between Lemos and Weili, anticipating a battle of epic proportions. Both fighters possess the ability to finish their opponents in devastating fashion, making this showdown a must-watch for any fan of women’s MMA.
Stay tuned to WMMA Rankings for all the latest updates and news on Amanda Lemos and her journey towards the UFC strawweight title. The fight on August 19 promises to be a historic moment in women’s MMA, and we will be there to bring you all the thrilling details of this highly anticipated showdown.