Nov 12 2022
Saturday

Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States

UFC 281
5 rounds contest @ Women’s Strawweight
19-6-0

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broadcast start time:

US - TBC / UK - TBC

22-3-0

Belts on The Line

UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship

The tape

34
Age
33
5' 1" / 155 cm
Height
5' 4" / 163 cm
63" / 160 cm
Reach
63" / 160 cm

Full record

SD 5KO 2SD 3MD 3UD 3
Form
KO 2SD 5KO 1SD 5KO 1
19
Wins
22
4
By KO
11
21
KO%
50
4
By Sub
7
21
SUB%
32
6
Losses
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

Current rankings @ Women’s Strawweight

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UFC
2
-
Bellator
-
1
Tapology
3

Carla Esparza vs Weili Zhang preview

When is Esparza vs Zhang?

Carla Esparza is set to fight Weili Zhang, as the co-main event of UFC 281, on Saturday 12th November 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The fight is scheduled for 5 rounds in the Women’s Strawweight division, which means the weight limit will be 115 pounds (8.2 stone or 52.2 KG).

This contest is for the UFC women’s strawweight championship.

Esparza vs Zhang stats

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

Weili Zhang will make her way to the ring with a record of 22 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.

The stats suggest Zhang has a large advantage in power over Esparza, boosting at 50% knock out percentage over Esparza's 21%.

Carla Esparza is the older woman by 1 year, at 34 years old.

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

Esparza is 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 has fought 20 more professional rounds, 67 to Zhang's 47.

Esparza vs Zhang form

Esparza has won 5 of her most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.

In her last fight, she defeated 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 defeated Xiaonan Yan at UFC Vegas 27 on 22nd May 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in the United States.

Going into that contest, she had beat 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 had won 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 beat 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.

Zhang has beaten 3 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.

In her last fight, she defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 275 on 11th June 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.

Previous to that, she had been beaten by Rose Namajunas at UFC 268 on 6th November 2021 by split decision in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.

Going into that contest, she had lost to Rose Namajunas 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.

Before that, she had defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 on 7th March 2020 by split decision in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

She had won against Jessica Andrade at UFC on ESPN+ 15 on 31st August 2019 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Universiade Sports Centre, Shenzhen, China.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Weili Zhang has been fighting more than Carla Esparza.

Carla Esparza last fought 4 months and 17 days ago, while Weili Zhang's last outing was 3 months and 13 days ago.

Esparza's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 8 months and 25 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 11 months and 11 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.2 rounds on average.

Zhang's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years and 24 days, meaning she has been fighting on average every 7 months and 12 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.8 rounds on average.

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