NEW YORK – Zhang Weili knew she was going to be champion once again. The Chinese star reclaimed the women’s strawweight belt Saturday when she dethroned Carla Esparza in the UFC 281 co-main event. Weili (23-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) submitted Esparza (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) with a rear-naked choke in the second round. Weili said the fight played out how she imagined it would. “This fight played out exactly what we expected,” Weili told reporters at the UFC 281 post-fight news conference. “Me, as a fighter, if you’re a wrestler: OK, let’s wrestle

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Zhang Weili not surprised by Carla Esparza in UFC 281 title win: ‘This fight played out exactly what we expect’ – MMA Junkie

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