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Who won Namajunas vs Zhang II?
Rose Namajunas beat Weili Zhang by split decision in their 5 round contest, during the co-main event of UFC 268, on Saturday 6th November 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The scorecards were announced as 49-46, 48-47, 47-48 in favor of winner Rose Namajunas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Women’s Strawweight division, which meant the weight limit was 115 pounds (8.2 stone or 52.2 KG).
This contest was for the UFC women’s strawweight championship.
Namajunas vs Zhang II stats
Rose Namajunas stepped into the ring with a record of 9 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 1 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Weili Zhang made her way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 10 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.
The stats suggested Zhang had a massive power advantage over Namajunas, boosting at 48% knock out percentage over Namajunas' 11%.
Rose Namajunas was the younger woman by 3 years, at 29 years old.
Namajunas had a height advantage of 1 inch over Zhang. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Namajunas' experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Zhang's, having had 9 less fights, and made her debut in 2013, 10 months earlier than Zhang, whose first professional fight was in 2013. She had fought 1 more professional rounds, 46 to Zhang's 45.
Namajunas vs Zhang II form
Namajunas had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had won against Weili Zhang at UFC 261 on 24th April 2021 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Previous to that, she had won against Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 on 11th July 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, she had been beaten by Jessica Andrade at UFC 237 on 11th May 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Before that, she had beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223 on 7th April 2018 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, United States.
She had defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Namajunas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 13 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 10 months and 27 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
Zhang's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 15 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 9 months and 20 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.5 rounds on average.