Zhang Weili shares her gameplan for UFC 292 title fight with Amanda Lemos: “Fight like water”

By Susan Cox - August 17, 2023

Strawweight champion Zhang Weili is sharing her gameplan for her UFC 292 title fight with Amanda Lemos.

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UFC 292 takes place this coming Saturday, August 19th at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The co-main event will feature current champion Zhang Weili (23-3 MMA) going up against Amanda Lemos (13-2 MMA) in the women’s strawweight title fight.

Weili, 34, has won 2 in a row coming into Saturday’s matchup, defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-5 MMA) and Carla Esparza (19-7 MMA) respectively.

Lemos, 36, will also be entering the Octagon with two victories in her last two fights, against Michelle Waterson-Gomez (18-11 MMA) and most recently Marina Rodriguez (16-3 MMA).

While speaking to reporters (through an interpreter) at yesterday’s UFC 292 media day, Zhang Weili shared her thoughts concerning her upcoming fight with Lemos (h/t MMAJunkie):

“Lemos is good – I admit she’s a very good fighter. She’s aggressive, and her fighting style, she possess the knockout power. So do I. And what I want to showcase more in this fight is to fight like water. I can fight very flowing, smooth and seamless. I can be water. Just wrap her up. And if she makes any tiny mistake, I can catch it and finish her.”

Continuing, when asked if she was disappointed the co-main event hasn’t received as much attention as the main event, Weili replied:

“I don’t feel that way. What I feel is actually a lot of people focused and concerned on my fight, especially in China. A lot of people follow this fight and want to watch this. Maybe in the U.S., maybe more people are more concerned about O’Malley and Sterling’s fight, but I do feel there’s a lot of people that will watch our fight.”

It will indeed be Sean O’Malley (16-1 MMA) vs Aljamain Sterling (23-3 MMA) in the main event title fight at bantamweight. ‘Funk Master’ will be looking to defend his crown against ‘Sugar’ this Saturday night.

Concluding the 34-year-old Zhang Weili voiced her prediction concerning her fight with Lemos:

“Let’s see Saturday in the octagon. Then we will will have the answer.”

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