Should Weili Zhang Fight Valentina Shevchenko if She Defeats Rose Namajunas

Published 04/20/2021, 1:50 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Zhang Weili of China prepares to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland in their UFC strawweight championship fight during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Chinese starlet Weili Zhang defends her Strawweight title against Rose Namajunas in an enticing clash at UFC 261. ‘Magnum’ has been unbeaten in her stint in the world’s premier MMA promotion.

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She has already defeated some of the best fighters that the UFC has to offer. Adding Namajunas’ name to her list of victims will further elevate her legacy.

Despite Zhang looking at the toughest test to date this weekend, MMA fanatics have already started to speculate about her next opponent, assuming she retains her strap.

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Some have suggested a fight against Flyweight royalty, Valentina Shevchenko. ‘Bullet’ will also defend her throne against a particularly driven Jessica Andrade on the same card.

Shevchenko is considered one of the best fighters ever to grace women’s MMA. Zhang is on her way to cement her position alongside the likes of ‘Bullet’. Therefore, it is only fitting that one wants to see these warriors clash inside the Octagon.

Is Weili Zhang vs Valentina Shevchenko THE fight to make?

Amanda Nunes and Liz Carmouche have been the only fighters to hand Shevchenko defeats in her illustrious professional career. ‘Bullet’ has an extremely impressive professional record of 20-3. 8 T/KO and 7 submission finishes point to her complete arsenal of skills.

Zhang, on the other hand, has a distant relationship with losses. She has a near-perfect record of 21-1, her last loss come at the hands of one Meng Bo way back in 2013. Also much like Shevchenko, she is rather versatile.

10 T/KO and 7 submission finishes are the highlights of her career. Both fighters have been able to establish their dominance in their respective weight classes.

SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 31: Zhang Weili of China celebrates after her victory over Jessica Andrade in their UFC strawweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on August 31, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)

Questions might arise about who is actually the better fighter between Shevchenko and Zhang. Both fighters settling it out in the Octagon is the best way to answer that query.

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Fans will be in for a treat if these two warriors ever butt heads. They are both ruthless in their approach and possess superlative skills. Stylistically this one promises to be a barn-burner. It’s only fitting the UFC matches them up.

Should ‘Magnum‘ fight ‘Bullet‘ next? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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