Weili Zhang vs Rose Namajunas targeted for UFC 261 on April 24

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UFC strawweight champion Weili Zhang is set to defend her title against former champion Rose Namajunas at UFC 261 scheduled to take place on 24th April.

The location for the fight hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s likely going to take place in Las Vegas.

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The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.

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Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas for the strawweight title is in the works for UFC 261 on April 24, per multiple sources. The fight isn’t finalized just yet, however, that’s the date the promotion and both fighters are targeting at this time. Hoping to get done in coming days

The UFC had been working on holding that event in Singapore, per sources, but sources say it’s now looking like it will take place in Las Vegas. Those plans aren’t finalized just yet either,” Ariel Helwani tweeted.

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.


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.

Rose Namajunas vs Weili Zhang will be an interesting fight

Now that the title fight between Weili Zhang and Rose Namajunas is in the works, the former champion has the chance to reclaim her title.

“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.” Rose Namjunas said about fighting Weili Zhang following her decision win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 last July.

Also, present on the card is the UFC flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade.

Who do you guys think wins in the fight between Rose Namajunas and Weili Zhang? Let us know in the comment section below.




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