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UFC 261: Zhang vs Namajunas 04/24/2021 Picks, Predictions and Previews

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UFC 261 Zhang vs Namajunas 04-24-2021 Picks Predictions and Previews

UFC 261: Zhang vs Namajunas 04/24/2021 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship has put itself in high gear with UFC 261 happening this Saturday, April 24. Fans are allowed for the first time to watch as this event takes place at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. UFC Fight Pass or Pay Per View subscription is the best way to enjoy the matches at home.  The biggest draw among three title fights slated for this night is Kamaru Usman taking on Jorge Masvidal in a rematch for the UFC welterweight championship. Weili Zhang will also put her UFC strawweight title on the line against former champion and top contender  Rose Namajunas. It is forecasted in UFC betting odds that Weili Zhang will be retaining her championship against Rose Namajunas. 

UFC 261: Zhang vs Namajunas 04/24/2021

When: Saturday, April 24, 10:00 PM ET
Where:  Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
TV: Pay Per View
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

UFC 261: Zhang vs Namajunas 04/24/2021 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Weili Zhang -200 Rose Namajunas +170

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Weili Zhang

Weilli Zhang is a 31-year-old fighter and this strawweight came all the way from Handan, Hebei in China. She stands at five-foot-four and her MMA training is being supplied by the Black Tiger Fight Club. Zhang is known as the “Magnum” inside the MMA cage and she has an impressive 21-1 professional fighting record. Ten of those wins came from knockouts while seven are through submissions while four are by decisions. After defeating Jessica Andrade for the UFC strawweight championship in UFC 237, she made a successful title defense in August 2019 against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. That match reached a full five rounds with Zhang coming out with a split decision victory.

Rose Namajunas

Rose Namajunas is just at her prime age of 28 years old and this American fighter hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is five-foot-five and has been representing and training at the 303 Training Center. Namajunas stands at five-foot-eight and she has a professional fighting record of 9-4. Five of those wins are submissions while also owning three decisions and one knockout as well.  She captured the UFC women’s strawweight title by defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk in November 2017.  Her title defense was a rematch with Jedzejczyk as well and won that fight. Losing the title to Jessica Andrade, she won the rematch in July 2020 via a split decision to earn this title shot against Zhang.

Zhang vs Namajunas Betting Numbers

Record 21-1-0 9-4-0
Last Fight Win Win
Country China USA
Height 5’4″ 5’5″
Weight (lbs) 115 115
Reach (in) 63 65
Win by KO/TKO 48% 11%
Win by Submission 33% 56%
Decisions 19% 33%
Strikes landed per minute 6.38 4.13
Striking accuracy 45% 40%
Striking absorbed per minute 4.43 3.98
Striking defense 53% 60%
Takedown average 1.26 1.91
Takedown accuracy 23% 53%
Takedown defense 100% 50%
Submission average 0.50 0.80

Zhang vs Namajunas Betting Picks

It is hard to bet against Weili Zhang as of the moment just by looking at her fighting record. She is slated to be the best bet to win in this online betting website and will be continuing her journey to prove that she is the best female strawweight in the history of MMA.