Zhang Weili confident she will “crush” Carla Esparza at her own wrestling game when they meet at UFC 281

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Zhang Weili returns to the cage at next week’s UFC 281 event when she challenges Carla Esparza for the strawweight championship.

Zhang Weili is a former UFC strawweight champion.


The champion Carla Esparza is known as a wrestling specialist, however, Zhang Weili is not fazed at all. In fact, Weili is confident in her ability to “crush” Esparza at her own game.

My goal is always becoming a champion. I will definitely crush her in strength, ground, and wrestling matches.” Weili said in a teaser video for the upcoming UFC 281 countdown episode.

The 33-year-old will be looking to become a two-time strawweight champion at UFC 281. The ‘Magnum’ originally captured the belt in August 2019 by knocking out Jessica Andrade in the very first round. Following a title defense against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Weili would go on to lose the belt to Rose Namajunas in April 2021 and again lost the subsequent rematch.

Weili had a second fight against Jedrzejczyk earlier this year and won by way of a stunning second-round spinning backfist knockout. The Chinese fighter looked stronger than ever and is now back with a vengeance as she prepares to once again become UFC world champion.

UFC 281 takes place on November 12, 2022, from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States.

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