UFC on ESPN+ 15: Andrade vs. Zhang predictions
The UFC is in Shenzhen, China as Chinese strawweight Weili Zhang tries to capture the title from Brazilian champion Jessica Andrade in front of the home crowd.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
MAIN CARD (6AM ET/ 3AM PT)
WU YANAN (10-2-0) VS. MIZUKI INOUE (13-5-0)
Andrews: Yanan is welcoming Inoue, who had a good run with Invicta, to the octagon but at a missed weight of 129 pounds. Still, Yunan is well rounded and can finish you on the ground and with striking. Inoue’s aim is to get you to the ground. Yanan should keep the fight standing and use her striking to pile up the points.
Andrews Prediction: Wu Yanan via UD
KENAN SONG (14-4-0) VS. DERRICK KRANTZ (23-11-0)
Andrews: Both guys looked good at the weigh-in. Krantz tends to go out on his shield and as long as Song is careful, he should be able to pick him apart and take him out or get the fight to the ground for the tap.
Andrews Prediction: Kenan Song via TKO
KAI KARA-FRANCE (19-7-0, 1NC) VS. MARK DE LA ROSA (11-2-0)
Andrews: A good matchup. Can Kara-France dictate the fight with his aggressiveness against the methodical De La Rosa? Kara-France should keep the fight on the feet so he can use his striking, keep De La Rosa from his strong point. But De La Rosa has tricks to get you there. Have to go with Kara-France to have a good game plan.
Andrews Prediction: Kai Kara-France via UD
ELIZEU ZALESK DOS SANTOS (21-5-0) VS. JINGLIANG LI (16-5-0)
Andrews: Good scrap. Li has done well in the UFC, but Dos Santos has done better and against better competition. Despite Li having the home crowd in his corner, I think Dos Santos will get the job done emphatically.
Andrews Prediction: Elizeu Dos Santos via TKO
JESSICA ANDRADE (20-6-0) VS. WEILI ZHANG (19-1-0)
Andrews: Zhang has great striking, but she’s never face a good wrestler and puncher like Andrade. But Andrade has face many great strikers before so she should be able to eventually get the fight to the ground and wear Zhang out.
Andrews Prediction: Jessica Andrade via UD