Tonight’s UFC 261 event was co-headlined by a highly anticipated women’s strawweight title fight featuring Weili Zhang taking on Rose Namajunas.
Zhang (21-2 MMA) was returning to the Octagon for the first time since her thrilling split-decision victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248, which served as her first career title defense. The Chinese standout had captured the promotions 115-pound title with a first round TKO victory over Jessica Andrade back in August of 2019.
Meanwhile, Rose Namajunas (10-4 MMA) had entered tonight’s UFC 261 event with hopes of reclaiming the title she once held. ‘Thug Rose’ most had most previously competed at UFC 251 in July of 2020, where she earned revenge against Jessica Andrade by way of a split-decision victory.
Tonight’s UFC 261 co-headliner produced another nasty finish, as Rose was able to flatten Weili with a head kick early on the fight. Namajunas would follow up with ground and pound which prompted the referee to step in and stop the fight.
Official UFC 261 Result: Rose Namajunas def. Weili Zhang via KO
Check out how the pros reacted to Namajunas defeating Zhang below:
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) April 25, 2021
Epic fight coming up
— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) April 25, 2021
— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) April 25, 2021
Rose is locked in!!! #UFC261
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) April 25, 2021
I think its ridiculous that people are booing Weili
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) April 25, 2021
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) April 25, 2021
USA in this hoe @ufc
— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) April 25, 2021
Post-fight reactions to Rose Namajunas knocking out Weili Zhang:
That was the greatest thing I ever seen in my life @rosenamajunas
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) April 25, 2021
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) April 25, 2021
LOVE PAT BARRY ENERGY!!
“YOU DA BEST EVA!!”#UFC261
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 25, 2021
— Luis Antonio Pena (@violentbobross) April 25, 2021
That was pretty
— ike vallie-flagg (@IKEVF) April 25, 2021
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