UFC 261: Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili Picks and Predictions

UFC 261: Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili Picks and Predictions Photo by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas

Saturday, April 24 2021 at 10:00 PM (Jacksonville Arena)

The Line: -- Zhang Weili -190 / Rose Namajunas +160 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili will face off in the co-main event for the women's strawweight title at UFC 261 at Jacksonville Arena. There will be fans in attendance for this event. 

Zhang Weili comes into this fight with a 21-1 record overall and since coming into the UFC she has won each of her last five fights. Each of the last two wins for Weili have finished with her winning the belt. Her last fight came in March of 2020 against Joanna Jedrzejczyk and she was able to come away with the split decision victory. Weili is averaging 6.38 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.43 significant strikes per minute. She is also averaging 1.26 takedowns every 15 minutes but she is only successful on 23 percent of her attempts. Weili has stopped 100 percent of her opponents takedown attempts. Weili averages 0.5 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

On the other side of this fight is Rose Namajunas who comes into this game with a 10-4 record overall and she has won four of her last five fights. The only loss during that stretch was two fights ago against Jessica Andrade. In the last fight against Andrade, she did get some revenge winning by a split decision. Namajunas is averaging 4.13 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.98 significant strikes per minute. Namajunas is averaging 1.91 takedowns every 15 minutes and she is successful on 53 percent of her takedown attempts. She might be a little undersized but she has all kinds of power and there is no doubt that she is coming into this fighting believing she should have no issue coming away with the victory. 

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Namajunas does a good job of making fights ugly and she is going to get the job done in this fight. Look for Namajunas to wear down Weili in his one and “Thug” will pull off the upset. Back Namajunas on the money line. 

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Shane’s Pick Rose Namajunas +160

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