Belts on The Line
Who won Zhang vs Namajunas?
Rose Namajunas beat Weili Zhang by knockout in the 1st round, during the co-main event of UFC 261, on Saturday 24th April 2021 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
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.
Zhang vs Namajunas stats
Weili Zhang stepped into the ring with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Rose Namajunas made her way to the ring with a record of 9 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 1 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Zhang had a massive power advantage over Namajunas, boasting at 48% knock out percentage over Namajunas' 11%.
Weili Zhang was the older woman by 3 years, at 31 years old.
Namajunas had a height advantage of 1 inch over Zhang. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Zhang was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 9 more fights, and made her debut in 2013, 10 months later than Namajunas, whose first professional fight was in 2013. She had fought 4 more professional rounds, 39 to Namajunas' 35.
Zhang vs Namajunas form
Namajunas had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In her last fight before this contest, she had defeated 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.
Previous to that, she 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.
Going into that contest, she had defeated 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.
Before that, she had beat 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.
She had won against Michelle Waterson at UFC on FOX 24 on 15th April 2017 by submission in the 2nd round at Sprint Center, Kansas City.
Zhang's last 3 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 2 months and 7 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 8 months and 23 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Namajunas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 24 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 9 months and 24 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.