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UFC 261 live blog: Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas – MMA Root

This is a UFC 261 live blog featuring Zhang Weili against Rose Namayunas, co-headlining Saturday’s fight at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

Zhang is attempting a second defense of his light heavyweight title 13 months after announcing the unanimous Fight of the Year award against former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. After five rounds of brutal action that severely disfigured Jedzheichik’s head, Zhang made a split decision and cemented her status as the best at 115 pounds. She struggled far less to win when she stopped Jessica Andrade in 42 seconds at the UFC in Shenzhen in August 2019.

Namajunas returns to the cage nine months after avenging the defeat of Andrade, who won the title she had, with a brutal punch in their first meeting at UFC 237 in May 2019. The former champion has defended the belt only once, defeating Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision. after stopping at UFC 217 to get the belt.

Check out the UFC 261 Live Blog below.

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