A highly anticipated strawweight title clash co-headlines this Saturday’s UFC 281 event when Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili collide.
Esparza (19-6-0) looks to make the first defense of her UFC strawweight championship after defeating Rose Namajunas by way of a split decision this past May to capture the belt. The 35-year-old is currently riding high on an impressive six-fight win streak which includes a devastating finish of Xiaonan Yan, as well as decision victories over Marina Rodriguez, Alexa Grasso, Virna Jandiroba, and Michelle Waterson-Gomez.
Weili (22-3-0) successfully rebounded from a pair of losses to Rose Namajunas with a brutal second-round spinning backfist knockout of Joanna Jedrzejczyk at this past June’s UFC 275 event. The 33-year-old has not lost to anyone other than Namajunas in the UFC and owns notable wins over the likes of Jessica Andrade, and Tecia Torres.
UFC 281 takes place this Saturday, November 12, 2022, from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. The main card, featuring Esparza VS Weili, will be aired live on pay-per-view via ESPN+ from 10 pm ET.