UFC 261 Expert Picks: Does Rose Namajunas have the power to stop Zhang Weili?

  • MMA columnist for ESPN.com
  • Analyst for “MMA Live”
  • Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun

Saturday’s UFC 261 pay-per-view will feature three title fights, and none is closer on paper than the strawweight matchup between Zhang Weili and Rose Namajunas.

Zhang (21-1), of China, will be making the second defense of her title. She has not fought since her 2020 Fight of the Year candidate against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in March 2020, which Zhang won by split decision. In Namajunas (9-4), she will face another former champion — one who held the belt in 2017 and 2018 before losing it to Jessica Andrade.

Who has the edge in this very competitive title fight? ESPN asked several experts for their breakdowns and predictions.

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