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UFC on ESPN+ 15: Weili Zhang makes history with quick stoppage of Jessica Andrade

First Chinese UFC champion crowned in Shenzhen

Weili Zhang became the first Chinese UFC champion with an impressive TKO victory over Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen, China at UFC on ESPN+ 15.

Both fighters went to work immediately and after trading shots, Zhang landed a right hand that hurt Andrade and allowed her to punish her in the cliché with knees and elbows. Andrade eventually crumbled to the canvas where follow up strikes forced referee Leon Roberts to call the bout 42 seconds into the first frame.

With the win, Zhang made good on her intentions to capture the title back at UFC Fight Night 141 in 2018 after a win over Jessica Aguilar.

“Last time, when I was in Beijing (for UFC Fight Night 141), I made a commitment: I’m going to be the first Chinese champion,” Zhang said in the post fight interview with Michal Bisping. “And I made it.”

It was a tough result for Andrade, who did not get a chance to use her vaunted grappling to get the fight to the ground.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD 

WU YANAN  VS. MIZUKI INOUE 

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WINNER: MIZUKI INOUE VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: WU YUNAN VIA UD

Andrews: A good win for Inoue. She was busier and even out-struck Yunan, plus took 30 per cent of her purse for missing weight.

KENAN SONG VS. DERRICK KRANTZ

WINNER: KENAN SONG VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KENAN SONG VIA TKO

Andrews: Give Krantz credit. He brought the fight early but Song as predicted still picked him apart late to get the win.

KAI KARA-FRANCE VS. MARK DE LA ROSA 

WINNER: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA UD

Andrews: Kara-France brought the fire as expected.

ELIZEU ZALESK DOS SANTOS VS. JINGLIANG LI

WINNER: JINGLIANG LI VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 4:51 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ELIZEU DOS SANTOS VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Li’s best win in the octagon and he used the home crowd to his advantage.

MAIN EVENT

JESSICA ANDRADE VS. WEILI ZHANG

WINNER: WEILI ZHANG VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 0:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JESSICA ANDRADE VIA UD

Andrews: I thought Andrade would use her experience and get the fight to the ground, but she got excited and traded with Zhang and got caught. Tough lesson but she will be back. In the meantime, congrats to Zhang!

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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