The first of two title fight rematches this Saturday night is a UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship bout featuring two-time champion Rose Namajunas and former champion Zhang Weili.
Namajunas reclaimed the title in April this year when she knocked out the champion with a perfect head kick just 1:18 into the fight. They’re now set to face each other again this Saturday at UFC 268 in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
James Lynch asked UFC fighters for their Namajunas vs. Zhang predictions before UFC 268 and here’s what they said.
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Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili is the UFC 268 main event this Saturday night. The only way to watch UFC 268 live in the United States is by ordering on ESPN+ here.
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Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili 2 predictions
“That’s kind of obvious that it was going to be a rematch because the fight ended very soon, very like in the first minute of the fight. People could not see anything, like too much action from Weili, that’s why they still want to see it.
“And it’s kind of like, this situation that’s fair. Very fair. You have this rematch, but I still think there result in the rematch will be the same.”
“Honestly, [it will go] probably the same way, man. Like Rose is one of those people that, uh, every once in a while, she’ll spar with our team, with the girls on our team, and I’m just blown away with her. I got Rose almost always against anyone.”
“I think this will go longer than how long it went, this one, but I think that Rose will win. I thought that Zhang Weili would win it [the last one], but man Rose just like proved me wrong. And maybe a lot of people wrong.
“I don’t know. But, yeah, I think that Rose will win again. I think that, Zhang Weili, she’s going to come like go maybe more focused, but I think that Rose is gonna kind of have like all the answers for her.”
“I believe Rose will win again. If she does, it will be the division, us against her. If you look at the past four years, uh, it’s been the same for people fighting for the belt. The division has many talented people and there are many that deserve to be in the title conversation.”
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.