UFC 281 Results: Weili Zhang stops Carla Esparza in Round 2 (Video)

By Chris Taylor - November 12, 2022

Tonight’s UFC 281 event is co-headlined by a women’s strawweight title fight featuring Carla Esparza taking on Weili Zhang.


Esparza (19-7 MMA) recaptured the 115lbs title at May’s UFC 274 event, scoring a split-decision win over Rose Namajunas. That victory served as ‘The Cookie Monster’s’ sixth in a row, a streak which has seen her defeat the likes of Yan Xiaonan, Marina Rodriguez, Michelle Waterson and Alexa Grasso.

Meanwhile, Weili Zhang (23-3 MMA) was most recently seen in action at June’s UFC 275 event, where she scored a nasty knockout victory over Joanna Jędrzejczyk. That win snapped a two-fight losing skid for the Chinese standout, as Zhang had previously suffered back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas.

Round one of the UFC 281 co-main event begins and Weili Zhang gets off to a quick start. She lands a good combination. Carla Esparza answers with a straight right. Zhang is in on a takedown. Esparza sweeps her and takes top position. Good shots from Esparza. Weili looks for a an armbar. She winds up sweeping and takes Esparza’s back. The champion escapes a submission attempt and rolls into full guard. She lands some good shots but then opts to let Weili Zhang back up. The Chinese standout gets a late takedown and lands some decent shots to close out the round.

Round two of the UFC 281 co-main event begins and Weili Zhang lands a pair of shots. She gets the fight to the ground and locks up a crucifix. She moves to a choke hold and this looks tight. Carla Esparza taps and we have a new champion.

Official UFC 281 Result: Weili Zhang def. Carla Esparza via submission in Round 2

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