Former UFC double champ Henry Cejudo believes the trilogy between Zhang Weili and Rose Namajunas is the fight to make.
Zhang Weili submitted Carla Esparza in the second round of last Saturday’s UFC 281 event to capture the UFC strawweight championship. Following the fight, talk has turned to who’s next for Zhang Weili.
During a recent video on his YouTube channel, Henry Cejudo explained why he believes Namajunas should be next despite Lemos being the “more dangerous” fighter.
“I think the more dangerous fighter for Zhang Weili is Amanda Lemos. Amanda can crack, because she’s explosive. I think her and Weili would be an explosive fight, but I think the better fight for Zhang Weili after this fight was maybe getting that trilogy with Rose Namajunas. I believe it was a split decision when she lost to Rose, but I think she needs to get that one back, and I think for Rose being gone that long, I think it’s only gonna help.” he said.
Weili was coming off a sensational second-round knockout victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk prior to her title winning performance. Before that, she was coming off back-to-back losses against Rose Namajunas.
Cejudo believes it is better for Weili’s legacy to avenge the losses to Namajunas.
“That’s where you and your team are gonna have to decide what fight is worth more for my legacy. Whether it’s Amanda (Lemos) with the slick striking hands, and she’ll kick too. She’s not gonna be a finish trap with Weili, or is it ‘Rose,’ who she’s 0-2 against where I know Weili has gotten bette? I’d go Rose. The more dangerous fight I think is Amanda Lemos.” he said.
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