HomeMMA NewsUFC 268 Results – Rose Namajunas Edges Zhang Weili With Split Decision, Retains Strawweight Title
UFC 268 Results – Rose Namajunas Edges Zhang Weili With Split Decision, Retains Strawweight Title
November 7, 2021
Rose Namajunas did just enough to retain her UFC Strawweight title against former Champion Zhang Weili after 25 minutes of back and forth action in the main card of UFC 268 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Thug did enough to convince two out of the three Judges, and picked up the Split Decision despite the compelling efforts from Zhang Weili. The bout served as the Co-Main event of UFC 268 fight card and was aired on Pay-Per-View.
Zhang Weili was quick to kick-start her plans and that she did with kicks in the early seconds of the first rounds. They both moved around the octagon, feeling out one another before Namajunas went forward with her combinations and connected cleanly. Weili then went on to score a take down then tried advancing into a dominant position but Namajunas was able to defend well and forced her to force a ground and pound.
Namajunas was a little patient with her move forward in the second round, looked for opening while stalking the former champ before Weili then attacked Namajunas with a punch the forced her to stumble momentarily. Weili scored a take down but Weili was able to get the better of her opponent. The champ worked her way back to her feet and then scored a takedown and was able to get a dominant position before the end of the round.
The pace was slower on the third round, a few kicks flew but it was Namajunas the connected the first note worthy shot that got the attention. The challenger was able to connect a hook of her own, moments later, scored a take down and was able to get a full mount, where she was able to connect an elbow before the end of the round.
Namajunas was more focused in the fourth round and looked to drive a point with her punches. Weili used the clinch to score a take down but Namajunas ended on top and was able to cause significant damage on Weili before the round ended.
Namajunas was able to score a takedown in the early seconds of the fight and was able to secure a full mount and pounded the challenger throughout the final round to secure a point on the Judges scorecards. Two of the Judges scored the fight 48-47 and 49- 46 for Namajunas and other Judge scored the fight 47-48 for Weili.
Rose Namajunas was successful ones again against Weili for the second time and defended the title for the second time against a person she defeated to win the title to win the belt.
Weili will now look to overcome a two fight losing skid, when next she finds her way to the octagon. She has had a rough 2021 and to that all happened after taking up 21 straight victories and becoming the first Chinese champion in the UFC.
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