UFC 261: the sumptuous knockout of Namajunas on Weili, Shevchenko too strong for Andrade

UFC 261 kept all of its promises on Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida. Rose Namajunas surprised Zhang Weili with a superb kick to the head to win the straw title. Valentina Shevchenko retained the flyweight belt against Jessica Andrade.

The lucky 15,000 spectators at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arenade Jacksonville got their money’s worth this weekend with UFC 261. For the first major MMA event with audiences since the coronavirus health crisis, the show was indeed successful. the appointment.

With three title fights, Dana White had made it big, and her fighters gave her back. Even before Kamaru Usman’s superb victory against Jorge Masvidal, Valentina Shevchenko and Rose Namajunas put on the show, respectively against Jessica Andrade and Zhang Weili.

Namajunas surpend Weili

Unbeaten since her very first pro fight in November 2013, Zhang Weili seemed the favorite in her straw title fight against Rose Namajunas. Even more after her demonstration and the impressive injury inflicted on Joanna Jedrzejczyk in March 2020. But in just one minute and 18 seconds in the first round, the champion was trapped by her American rival.

Anticipating a kick in the legs, the Chinese received full force the kick to the head carried by Rose Namajunas. Very mobile in the center of the cage, “Thug Rose” accelerated and surprised the champion to regain the UFC belt that she had ceded to Jessica Andrade in May 2019.

Imperial Shevchenko facing Andrade

Descended from the category after her failures against Namajunas and Weili, Jessica Andrade also tackled a big chunk by challenging Valentina Shevchenko But obviously, the 33-year-old Kyrgyz was too big for the Brazilian. The UFC flyweight champion signed a perfect fight to dominate her rival and win her 21st fight (3 losses) in MMA by TKO in the second round.

After largely dominating Andrade, “Bullet” took his opponent to the ground to finish the job with a terrible nudge in the face of his 29-year-old opponent. The dominance of Queen Valentina was such that Jessica Andrade could not do anything to compete in the wrestling sector despite her mastery of ju-jitsu.

With this fifth title defense, Valentina Shevchenko further confirms her status as a great among the greats in the UFC. The Kyrgyz have not lost since their loss by split decision against Amanda Nunes.

Jean-Guy Lebreton Journalist RMC Sport

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