Dana White revealed this news during UFC Vegas 10’s post-fight press conference. Following a divisional fight between Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill, White was asked about the future of the championship. Consequently, Dana White revealed that the matchmakers were working on Zhang Weili’s next defense which will be most probably against ‘Thug Rose’.
“We’re working on that right now,” said White when asked what’s next for Zhang.“That’s the fight we want to make,” he said in regards to Namajunas. “So we’re working on it.”
Some thought former UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk might have landed a rematch with Zhang after their Fight of the Year performance back in March. But considering Joanna has lost her last four UFC title shots and is asking for a huge paycheck to rematch Zhang, Namajunas seems to be accelerating in at the perfect time.
Weili Zhang vs ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas.Champ vs former Champ
Weili Zhang has not fought since March when she made her first defense of the UFC strawweight title with a thrilling and razor-close decision victory over the division’s longest-reigning champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She won the strawweight title with an amazing TKO victory over Jessica Andrade. Weili claimed her twenty-first consecutive career win to hold on to her strawweight title in a Fight of the Year bout at UFC 248. She beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a back-and-forth battle.
Rose Namajunas featured on the very first PPV on Fight Island. She took on Jessica Andrade and claimed a razor-thin split decision win. However, she broke her nose and had a swollen eye in the fight. As a result, she underwent surgery and is on the sidelines. Rose Namajunas last fought at UFC 251 in July, where she fought Andrade for a second-straight time, winning by split decision. In their first fight at UFC 238, Rose dropped the title to Andrade when she was knocked out by a brutal slam from the Brazilian.
Rose Namajunas after her victory over Andrade showed interest in fighting Zhang and fighting for the title once again.“I mean, I would think [that’s next]. We haven’t really talked about it yet, but that’s definitely the plan,” Namajunas said after her UFC 251 over Andrade, discussing a fight with Zhang. “That was kind of the plan going into it. I just have to get this nose fixed first. I don’t know what the recovery time is or whatever.
“I just think it’s gonna be a beautiful display of martial arts. She’s a master; I’m a master. It’s gonna be really cool,” she added, praising Zhang. “I would love to fight her. She’s awesome. She’s really technical, really strong, just overall a master. That’s something that really interests me a lot.”
The fight is not official yet but if it does happen it surely will be another fight of the year contender.
What do you guys think will be the outcome of such an intriguing matchup between Weili Zhang vs. Rose Namajunas for the women’s strawweight championship?
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