Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Weili Zhang arrived successful Singapore this week to immoderate invited news.
Shortly earlier the UFC 275 media day, promotion president Dana White publically confirmed that the victor of Zhang’s rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk would beryllium adjacent successful enactment for a changeable astatine recently installed 115 lb champion Carla Esparza.
“This combat volition decidedly beryllium [for] the fig 1 contender, truthful I’m precise excited for it,” Zhang said, giving her absorption during media day. “It’s large news. I’m precise excited.”
Zhang and Jedrzejczyk fought successful a five-round Fight of the Year successful March of 2020 astatine UFC 248; that combat remains regarded arsenic 1 of the champion fights of each time, and arguably the champion women’s MMA bout successful the sport’s history.
The rematch comes nether overmuch antithetic circumstances: Jedrzejczyk has not fought successful the implicit 2 years since the pair’s archetypal meeting. Zhang, who defended the rubric successful the archetypal fight, would spell connected to suffer the loop to Rose Namajunas, and travel up abbreviated successful a rematch.
Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk 2 volition besides beryllium contested implicit 3 rounds, not five. That has the Chinese erstwhile champ expecting thing a spot antithetic from her opponent.
“I deliberation Joanna decidedly volition prime up the pace, due to the fact that it’s a 3 circular combat alternatively than a 5 round. I deliberation she volition prime up the gait [compared] to what she utilized to do, and she volition decidedly go much fearless,” Zhang said via her translator.
Weili Zhang plans to bring thing antithetic to the array arsenic well, however. Having been moving astatine Fight Ready alongside Henry Cejudo, she plans to amusement disconnected her wrestling chops.
“Definitely I volition usage immoderate wrestling successful this match,” said Zhang. “I learned a batch from Henry, and if I don’t usage it, that would beryllium a waste.”
Watch the afloat UFC 275 media time quality from Weili Zhang above. The lawsuit takes spot this Saturday, June 11, 2022 astatine the Singapore Indoor Stadium.