The Chinese was dominant from the outset, getting the better of some blistering scrambles in round one to land brutal ground strikes. Then in round two, Zhang reversed a takedown to take Esparza’s back and sink in a rear-naked choke that forced the tap.
For Esparza, the loss was her first in seven fights and ends her short reign as strawweight champ, which began in May with her victory over Rose Namajunas.
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MMA Fighters React To Zhang Weili’s Victory
Here’s what MMA fighters had to say about Zhang Weili’s submission win over Carla Esparza.
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