Nov 12 2022
Saturday

Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States

Co-Main Event
5 rounds contest @ Women’s Strawweight
19-6-0
Sub 2
Sub 2
22-3-0

Belts on The Line

UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship

The tape

36
Age
34
5' 1" / 155 cm
Height
5' 4" / 163 cm
63" / 160 cm
Reach
63" / 160 cm

Tape record

SDKOSDSDMD
Form
KOSDKOSDKO
19
Wins
22
4
By KO
11
21
KO%
50
4
By SUB
7
21
SUB%
32
6
Loses
3
2
Stopped
1
1
Tapped
0
0
Draws
0
2010
Debut
2013
25
Bouts
25
67
Rounds
47
5 hours, 8 minutes
Fight Time
3 hours, 8 minutes

Tape rankings @ Women’s Strawweight

-
UFC
2
-
Bellator
-
1
Tapology
3

Carla Esparza vs Weili Zhang report

Who won Esparza vs Zhang?

Weili Zhang beat Carla Esparza by submission in the 2nd round during the co-main event of UFC 281, on Saturday 12th November 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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.

Esparza vs Zhang stats

Carla Esparza stepped into the octagon with a record of 19 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, 4 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.

Weili Zhang made her way to the cage with a record of 22 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by knock out and 7 by submission.

Carla Esparza's UFC record stood at 10-5-0, while Weili Zhang's came in at 8-2-0.

The stats suggested Zhang had a large advantage in power over Esparza, boasting a 50% knock out percentage over Esparza's 21%.

If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Zhang had an advantage over Esparza, with a 32% submission rate over Esparza's 21%.

Carla Esparza was the older woman by 2 years, at 36 years old.

Zhang had a height advantage of 3 inches over Esparza. Despite this, both fighters had a equal reach.

Esparza was the more experienced professional fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made her debut in 2010, 3 years and 8 months earlier than Zhang, whose first professional fight was in 2013. She had fought 15 more professional rounds, 69 to Zhang's 54.

Esparza vs Zhang form

Esparza had won all 5 of her most recent fights, stopping 1 opponent and going to the judges 4 times.

In her last fight before this contest, she had won against Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by split decision in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Previous to that, she had beaten Yan Xiaonan at UFC Vegas 27 on 22nd May 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in the United States.

Going into that contest, she had defeated Marina Rodriguez at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Before that, she was victorious against Alexa Grasso at UFC on ESPN+ 17 on 21st September 2019 by majority decision in their 3 round contest at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.

She had won against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 219 on 30th December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

Activity check

Esparza's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 5 months and 7 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 15 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.

Zhang's last 4 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 3 months and 4 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 25 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.5 rounds on average.

What were the odds on Esparza vs Zhang?

Carla Esparza was a 3/1 (+300) underdog going into the contest, while Weili Zhang made her way into the ring at 1/4 (-400) with oddsmakers.

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