UFC 261 outcomes: Rose Namajunas knocks out Zhang Weili with brutal head kick to reclaim strawweight title
Rose Namajunas is now a two-time strawweight champion and her second reign began in comparable style as her first.
Again in 2017 when she was a determined underdog to then champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Namajunas shocked the world by demolishing the Polish powerhouse with a first-round knockout. At UFC 261 on Saturday evening, “Thug” Rose delivered a second jaw-dropping end after blasting Zhang Weili with a head kick throughout an early change simply after the co-main occasion received began to as soon as once more turn into the queen at 115 kilos.
The top got here at simply 1:18 within the opening spherical.
“I did it once more,” Namajunas stated with tears operating down her face. “I’m the most effective. I didn’t see her shifting. I wasn’t positive she was going to return again from that. A few these hammer fists and that was out.”
Previous to the struggle beginning, Namajunas could possibly be seen mouthing to herself “I’m the most effective” within the nook as Bruce Buffer made his bulletins within the cage.
As soon as she was launched from the nook, Namajunas was fast to determine her vary whereas being cautious of the supreme energy getting back from Zhang, who throws with dangerous intention behind each punch.
A few early flurries received the motion began nevertheless it was Namajunas stepping again after which unleashing the lightning fast head kick that despatched Zhang crashing to the ground that had the Jacksonville crowd coming unglued.
As quickly as Zhang hit the ground, Namajunas adopted her to the bottom with a number of extra pictures and referee Keith Peterson noticed sufficient to cease the competition. Afterwards, Zhang defined that she felt the stoppage was a bit fast however replays appeared to indicate she was positively damage and consuming pictures from Namajunas with out providing a lot protection on the bottom.
“I really feel I can come again actual fast,” Zhang stated. “I used to be nonetheless acutely aware, the referee stopped it slightly bit early.”
Whereas she was definitely in a celebratory temper, Namajunas additionally took time following her assertion win to touch upon some pre-fight interviews the place she addressed her disdain for Communism because of her Lithuanian heritage however then associated that again to Zhang as a result of she hails from China.
“All that stuff that was the within the media, that was not my intent to ever personally assault her as an individual,” Namajunas stated. “It’s simply my historical past and my previous and that’s it.”
Politics apart, Namajunas is as soon as once more the UFC strawweight champion as she begins her second reign atop the division with an extended record of contenders now sitting behind her at 115 kilos.