By Farah Hannoun |
March 17, 2021 3: 30 pm
UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili is the having a bet favourite heading into her 2nd title defense.
Weili takes on venerable 115-pound champ Rose Namajunas at UFC 261, which takes situation April 24 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The occasion will doubtless be birth to a plump capability of followers, the UFC’s first with out a limits in extra than a yr.
In step with SportsBetting.ag, Weili, the first Chinese language champion in UFC historical previous, has unfolded as a -200 favourite over Namajunas, who’s listed as a authentic +170 underdog. In undeniable terms, a $200 bet on Weili would possibly maybe possibly be desired to make a decision $100, whereas a $100 bet on Namajunas would pay out $170.
Weili (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) captured the strawweight title in August 2019 when she steamrolled Jessica Andrade in appropriate 42 seconds in her home nation of China. Having a look to win it 21 straight, Weili notched her first title defense when she edged out venerable strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the “Battle of the Year” closing March at UFC 248.
After dethroning Jedrzejczyk with a delicate first-spherical TKO upset at UFC 217, Namajunas (9-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC) went on to finest Jedrzejczyk over all over again for her first title defense appropriate five months later. Namajunas later modified into as soon as on the receiving discontinuance of an upset herself, when she misplaced her title to Andrade by slam knockout.
Namajunas exacted her revenge over a yr later by defeating Andrade thru split resolution of their non-title bout rematch at UFC 251 in July, atmosphere her up for a probability to recapture her title in opposition to Weili.