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Zhang Weili prepares for possible rematch with Rose Namajunas

The former UFC strawweight champion, Zhang Weili, has been clamoring for an immediate rematch with newly crowned strawweight queen Rose Namajunas, since his knockout loss at UFC 261. Although the UFC has yet to announce anything official As for the possibility of the fight occurring later this year, Weili is...
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk shoots down the idea of a UFC rematch between Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has shot down the idea of a title fight rematch between Carla Esparza and UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought since UFC 248 in March 2020, when she lost a spirited split decision to former champ Weili Zhang in one of the best fights of last year. Since then, the Polish fighter hasn’t stepped back into the Octagon, but she is hoping to return to the cage later this year, and she has been adamant that she fights for the belt when she returns. However, Esparza’s recent TKO win over Yan Xiaonan would indicate she’s next in line.
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Carla Esparza hopes UFC gives her next title shot against Rose Namajunas: “Come on Dana”

UFC women’s strawweight contender Carla Esparza hopes the UFC gives her the next title shot against Rose Namajunas, saying “Come on Dana.”. Esparza is coming off of an incredible TKO win over Yan Xiaonan at UFC Vegas 27 last weekend that was the statement she needed to make in order to earn a title shot with Namajunas. Esparza has now won her last five fights in a row, including notable victories over the likes of Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson during that stretch, and she’s hoping that the win over Yan in such devastating fashion will earn her the next title shot.
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Carla Esparza ‘confident’ Dana White will give her the rightful title shot against Rose Namajunas

Carla Esparza had already identified her UFC Vegas 27 co-main event showdown with Yan Xiaonan as a potential No. 1 contender’s bout but she also knew nothing was guaranteed. That’s why the former strawweight champion decided to put an exclamation point on her performance by absolutely dominating Yan from the first second of the fight until the last as she bludgeoned the previously unbeaten fighter with punches and elbows to ultimately secure a second-round finish.
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Carla Esparza sends respectful challenge to Rose Namajunas: “We started this division together… Round 2?”

Carla Esparza has issued a challenge to Rose Namajunas as she closes in on another shot at the UFC Strawweight Championship. Last Saturday night, Esparza firmly cemented her place as one of the division’s top contenders with a dominant TKO victory over Yan Xiaonan. It marked her fifth straight win and, in the eyes of many, has taken her to the doorstep of a title opportunity.
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Carla Esparza wants title shot against Rose Namajunas

Carla Esparza won the inaugural women’s strawweight championship in December 2014 by defeating current titleholder Rose Namajunas. With Esparza second round stoppage of no. 3 ranked Yan Xiaonan, Esparza is riding a five-fight winning streak and thinks it’s time to face Namajunas the second time for the title. (Subscribe to...
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Carla Esparza wants rematch with Rose Namajunas with win over Yan Xiaonan at UFC Vegas 27

UFC women’s strawweight contender Carla Esparza wants a rematch with champion Rose Namajunas with a win over Yan Xiaonan at UFC Vegas 27. Esparza meets Xiaonan in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 27 this Saturday night. Esparza is the No. 4 ranked women’s strawweight while Xiaonan is ranked No. 3, so the winner of this fight will put themselves in a tremendous position to challenge Namajunas, who recently beat No. 1 ranked contender Weili Zhang at UFC 262 to win the 115lbs belt.
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Beneil Dariush says Zhang Weili has ‘terrible excuse’ for Rose Namajunas loss

Zhang Weili and Beneil Dariush had mixed results in their most recent outings. However, they both were on the receiving end of negative crowd reactions. Dariush now finds himself sitting at the No. 3 ranked contender spot at lightweight after a dominant win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 262 this past weekend. The event was the second for the UFC to host a full crowd since the global pandemic.
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Yan Xiaonan hopes for next title shot against Rose Namajunas with win over Carla Esparza at UFC Vegas 27

UFC women’s strawweight contender Yan Xiaonan is hoping to earn a title shot with a win over Carla Esparza next weekend at UFC Vegas 27. Xiaonan (13-1, 1 NC) has quickly emerged as one of the top strawweights on the UFC roster ever since making her promotional debut in 2017. Since then, she has won all six of her UFC fights, including notable wins over Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and Angela Hill. Many analysts of the sport believe that Xiaonan has all the makings of a future UFC champion and a win over Esparza at UFC Vegas 27 could very well get here there.
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Coach: Florida boo-birds made Zhang Weili lose focus against Rose Namajunas

When Zhang Weili and Rose Namajunas faced off at UFC 261 last month, people were expecting a knock-down, drag-out war. Instead, the fight ended just 1:18 into the first round after Namajunas faked going downstairs before unloading a perfect headkick that flattened Zhang (watch highlights). A quick follow up of ground-and-pound forced the referee to stop things and let me tell you, Zhang was not happy with the stoppage immediately after.