Rose Namajunas UFC 261 knocks out Zhang Weili to regain the

Valentina Shevchenko

Rose Namajunas Rose Namajunas … knocks Weili out to 261: UFC regain Zhang the

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 05:00:00 +0100

"Thug Rose" becomes champion once again


When she lost the women's strawweight title to Jessica Andrade at UFC 237, Rose Namajunas knew if she regained 

“Thug Rose” becomes champion once again.

When she lost the women's strawweight title to Jessica Andrade at UFC 237, Rose Namajunas knew if she regained the belt that she'd be ready to handle what it takes to be the champion. That time is now for “Thug Rose” as she defeated Zhang Weili via knockout at 1:18 of the first round to regain the strawweight championship at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday night.”I did it again! God did it, but I just had to have faith in him, but that's what got me through,” Namajunas told Joe Rogan in her post-fight interview. Before the bell sounded, there were loud chants for Namajunas and thunderous boos for Weili. The former champion came out and with the plan of throwing inside leg kicks while Namajunas was peppering her with jabs.After an exchange of strikes, Namajunas feinted low and snapped a head kick that sent Weili's head bouncing off the canvas. Namajunas connected on two hammerfists and referee Keith Peterson stepped right in to stop the fight, much to the chagrin of Weili, who let it be known to Peterson that it was a bad stoppage. “I didn't see her moving,” Namajunas said. “I wasn't sure if she was gonna come back from that. Just a couple of hammerfists and that's how it went.”Namajunas (11-4) is the first woman to regain a belt in her original weight class. For Weili (21-2), her 20-fight winning streak has been snapped. 


Rose Namajunas

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 05:00:00 +0100

ROSE NAMAJUNAS is once again the UFC's women's strawweight champion following a stunning knockout of Weili Zhang


Fan favourite Namajunas challenge


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ROSE NAMAJUNAS is once again the UFC’s women’s strawweight champion following a stunning knockout of Weili Zhang.

Fan favourite Namajunas challenged Magnum for the belt she lost in May 2019 in the early hours of the morning in the co-main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida.

ON THE BUTTON! 🎯Rose Namajunas finishes Zhang Weili in the first round to become UFC strawweight champion once again! 🏆#UFC261

Thug went into her fourth UFC title fight supremely confident of regaining the 115lb.

And that confidence proved to be well placed as she produced a stunning head kick to flatline Magnum.

Namajunas came out light on her feet and looked to establish her range with a piston like jab.

Zhang returned fire with a few heavy leg kick and aggresively looked to close the distance.

Namajunas, however, remained calm in the eye of the storm and landed a beautiful left question mark kick that felled China's first UFC champion.

Thug Rose didn't waste the opportunity to close the show, unleashing a flurry of hammer fists that prompted referee Keith Peterson to call a halt to proceedings.

A furious Zhang protested the stoppage, but she was clearly out and unable to protect herself.

In her post-fight interview, Namajunas told UFC commentator Joe Rogan: “I did it again.”

She then apologised for her politically-charged comments in the build-up to her clash with Magnum.

She said: “All that stuff in media, it was never my intention to attack her as a person. I

“t’s my history, my past. That’s it. I love all cultures all over the world.

Fan favourite Namajunas went into the contest confident it would leave fight fans thrilled.

She said of Zhang: “She’s a true martial artist.

“She does every discipline and is very unique but, at the same time, she’s kind of a hybrid of a lot of the fighters I’ve fought in the past.

“So it’s an element of a little bit of everything I’ve seen before with maybe just a little bit of uniqueness of her own.

“Some of her coaches say that she looks at her opponents and uses their strength to either best them or implement it into her own game.

“I feel as though I do the same thing, so it’s very intriguing to me because I’ve never fought anyone like that before.

“I feel like I do that better than anybody, so it’s going to be really exciting.”


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– April 25, 2021
Rose Namajunas UFC 261 knocks out Zhang Weili to regain the
Valentina Shevchenko