UFC Fighters Give Their Predictions for Zhang Weili vs Rose Namajunas

Published 04/13/2021, 1:55 PM EDT


UFC is ready to host its first full-capacity crowd event at UFC 261 since March 2020. Adesanya vs Romero at UFC 248 is the last time UFC pulled off a full capacity crowd.

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After the event, every card scheduled was a no-crowd event due to COVID-19 complications. Now fans are eager to arrive with full force at the Jacksonville Arena in Florida with a seating capacity of 15,000.

Zhang Weili will defend her Strawweight title against Rose Namajunas in the co-main event of the evening. Weili was crowned the the champion when she successfully stopped Jessica Andrade in the very 1st round of the fight.

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After her win, the Chinese fighter defended her title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a fight of the year performance which will certainly be remembered throughout the ages.

Now as her third title defense inches closer, UFC fighters have already started with the predictions. Joe Solecki a UFC Lightweight and Mackenzie Dern the UFC Women Strawweight picks up Weili.

She said “If there’s someone style-wise I think Rose is the one to do it. You know, but I think right now she’s(Zhang) just had a really good moment in her career. And I think that Zhang Weili will keep the belt one more time.”

More fighters pick their predictions for Zhang Weili vs Rose Namajunas

Gillian Robertson opined that Weili had obviously proven herself to be a monster in the division. She said, “Rose has honestly been my hero since I was an amateur.

“She’s been the one who I’ve always looked up to so I’m super hyped for that one and I hate to pick a winner.”

Austin Hubbard seems unsure because both the Women are very technical and skilled. He declared, “Whoever implements the game plan first and starts having success, I think will end up winning that fight”.

Jack Shore the UFC Bantamweight picks Rose Namajunas and thinks “Rose can keep her on the outside after watching the Joanna fight I think a lot because of the state of Joanna after the fight a lot of people sort of forget how close the fight actually was and you watch you know you watch Rose KickBoxing Joanna, I don’t think it was as close as sort Joanna and Weili Zhang.”

It’s clear if there is any woman who could end the reign of the current Strawweight queen it’s definitely Rose Namajunas. She has defeated Weili’s former opponent Joanna Jedrzejczyk twice, very convincingly might we add; however, Zhang Weili had to dig deep to scrape out a win.

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Rose is a well-rounded mixed martial artist with great kickboxing skills. She trains with her boyfriend Pat Barry who himself has competed in the UFC.

Barry will definitely offer some crucial advice during her battle with Zhang Weili. The winner is uncertain for now, but the fight looks very promising.

Who will you pick for the upcoming battle between the two Strawweights?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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