Weili Zhang hopes to be friends with Rose Namajunas after UFC 261 clash

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UFC strawweight champion Weili Zhang is all set to take on the former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas at UFC 261 scheduled to take place on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida.

It will be the first card in thirteen months to have a full capacity crowd.

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Weili Zhang is coming off of a spectacular victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk in one of the most entertaining fights in women’s MMA history. Weili Zhang was defending her UFC strawweight title for the first time in the co-main event of UFC 248.

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The fight was an extremely close one with many even thinking that Joanna won the fight. After the fight was over, Joanna developed a huge hematoma on her forehead. On the other hand, Rose Namajunas is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 last year. She lost her strawweight title to Jessica Andrade at UFC 237 back in 2019 and then Andrade lost her title to Weili Zhang via TKO in just 42-seconds.

Weili Zhang hopes to befriend Rose Namajunas after the fight

Weili Zhang also said that she hopes to befriend Rose Namajunas after their fight at UFC 261.

From an exchange of blows, friendship grows,” Weili Zhang said via South China Morning Post. “So I hope maybe we will become friends after this fight.

It’s because Rose is a humble and very great fighter. She beat Joanna [Jedrzejczyk] twice and won against [Jessica] Andrade. She is a competitor with very good ability and I have always hoped I can fight with her. I feel a connection to those who fight martial arts, and we build friendships through the martial arts. We learn from each other and exchange our views when we fight together.”

I came to know about Rose in the early days,” Weili Zhang said. “I have been paying attention to her during her fights. Her fist work is very fast. Her punches are also very accurate. We definitely have had specific training for that. I hope everyone can watch the live broadcast to see how I target her.”

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