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Highlights! Zhang Weili submits Carla Esparza to reclaim women’s strawweight title | UFC 281

Zhang Weili reclaimed UFC gold last night (Sat., Nov. 12, 2022) at UFC 281 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, when “Magnum” stopped UFC women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza with an decisive second-round submission (rear-naked choke).

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YEAR-END PPV BLOWOUT! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) closes out its final pay-per-view (PPV) of the year on Sat., Dec. 10, 2022, with a battle for the vacant Light Heavyweight crown between former champion and No. 2-ranked contender, Jan Blachowicz, looking to stop the momentum of No. 3-seeded Magomed Ankalaev. In the co-main event of UFC 282, which will take place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, breakout star, Paddy Pimblett, intends to keep his momentum going at the expense of gritty veteran, Jared Gordon.

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Zhang was the more active fighter in the early going, but Esparza’s wrestling and persistent scrambling created some danger for “Magnum.” That was until the second round when a takedown by Esparza led to a reversal by Zhang. The former champion took Esparza’s back and sunk in the fight-ending submission.

Zhang, who was fighting someone other than Rose Namajunas or Joanna Jedrzejczyk since 2019, was the heavy betting favorite for this co-main event. Outside of a few good scrambles by Esparza this was a complete showing for Zhang.

Check out the full fight video highlights below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:

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