Weili Zhang has a tough fight, beats Yan Xiaonan and establishes herself as the strawweight 'queen' at UFC 300

Chinese goes through trouble, but beats compatriot in unanimous decision and defends the title for the second time

Weili Zhang defeated Yan Xiaonan at UFC 300. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @UFCNews

Weili Zhang derrotou yan xiaonan No. UFC 300. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @UFCNews

In a historic duel that marked the first title fight between Chinese women in UFC history, Weili Zhang He once again proved his sovereignty in the strawweight division (up to 52,1 kg). The Chinese champion overcame the challenger yan xiaonan in a five-round fight, winning by unanimous decision from the judges in the UFC 300, held this Saturday (13) at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas (USA).

With the result, Zhang updates his record, defends his title for the second time and has 24 positive results and three negative results.

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Xiaonan, in turn, has his dream postponed and feels the bitter taste of the fourth defeat of his career. The Chinese also has another 17 victories and one 'no contest'.

Weili Zhang goes through trouble, but beats Yan Xiaonan in a Chinese duel at UFC

The match started off lively, with Zhang landing a strong blow that made Yan wobble. The two started striking, with the challenger having the strategy of shortening and applying a plastic takedown, although she was unable to be effective in the position.

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Xiaonan, already on his feet, hit a bomb that knocked Weili out. However, the champion turned things around, took her back, reached the rear naked choke and even 'erased' her opponent, but the round ended and she saved Yan.

If it worked, the champion repeats. Once again, Zhang reached the ground with a quick fall and crushed her rival to the ground. Soon, the transition to the back happened and she continued hitting on top, but the referee didn't interrupt. Not even the transition to katagatame made her rival give up.

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But the fight was crazy and uncertain. Xiaonan came back different, hit a straight shot that made Zhang feel it and fall again. The champion returned to her feet, but suffered another right that made her wobble. In the fourth round, the challenger landed another bomb and Weili hit the ground and came back. Experienced, the fighter took a breather from the bad moment she suffered and, tactically, put the fight on the ground to work.

Willing not to take so many risks, Weili Zhang bet on the ground game to neutralize and win yan xiaonan. With a dominant game, the champion applied pressure and took few risks to emerge with her arms raised in the unanimous decision and defend the belt for the second time since she regained it.

UFC 300 results

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Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Alex Poatán defeated Jamahal Hll by knockout (punches) at 3:14 of R1 – fight for the belt

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Weili Zhang derrotou yan xiaonan in the unanimous decision of the judges (49-45, 49-45, 49-45) – fight for the belt

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Max Holloway derrotou Justin gaethje by knockout at 4m59s of R5- fight for the BMF belt

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Arman Tsarukyan derrotou Charles of the Bronx in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Average weight (up to 83,9kg): BoNickal finished Cody Brundage with a rear naked choke at 3m38s of R2

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Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Jiri Prochazka derrotou Aleksandr Rakic by technical knockout at 3m17s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): aljamain sterling derrotou Calvin kattar in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Kayla harrison finished Holly holm with a rear naked choke at 1m47s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): Diego lopes derrotou Sodiq Yusuf by technical knockout at 1m29s of R1

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg) Renato Moicano derrotou jalin turner by technical knockout at 4m11s of R2

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Jessica Stacker derrotou Marina Rodriguez in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Bobby Green derrotou Jim Miller in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-25, 29-26)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Deiveson Figueiredo finished cody garbrandt with a rear naked choke at 4m02s of R2

Poatan is defended by former champion amid persecution suffered in the UFC

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