The UFC is heading to China this weekend for a Fight Night card headlined by a women’s strawweight title fight between Jessica Andrade and Weili Zhang. The other big fight on this card is Zaleski vs Jingliang.
I will have my picks for these two big fights from the card below. I’m using the best odds from any of our top rated betting sites for Canadians:
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Jessica Andrade vs Weili Zhang
Andrade was able to use her physicality to get the win over Rose Namajunas this past May to claim the strawweight belt. That said, Rose was winning that fight on the feet convincingly and it was her choice to try to lock in a submission while in the air, that ultimately cost her the fight. If Rose simply lets go of that submission attempt she likely continues to dominate and keeps her belt.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk showed there is a game plan for strikers who are light on their feet to get the win over Andrade. Joanna dominated their fight for 25 minutes and basically teed off on Andrade for the entire fight. Rose used this same strategy for one round against Andrade and if she had stuck to this gameplan I think she would have cruised to the win.
I think Zhang has the tools to utilize this same strategy to get this win over Andrade. She has great striking, and probably packs more power in her punches than Rose or Joanna, which should keep Andrade on the back foot as well. As long as she can get up from the inevitable Andrade takedowns, then I really like her chances to outclass Andrade on the feet and get this win.
Play: Zhang 2.45 @ SportsInteraction.com
Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos vs Li Jingliang
Zaleski is an absolute killer who has won 7 straight fights in the UFC welterweight division. He has knockout power and if the division wasn’t so stacked he would be in the title contention discussion.
This is a fight against another high level fighter, Li Jingliang, who is 6-1 in his UFC career. That said, Jingliang has had relatively low level opponents in his UFC run. This is a huge jump in competition for The Leech.
I think Zaleski will get the better of Jingliang on the feet, and likely look for a knockout in the first couple of rounds.
Zaleski is on another level than Jake Matthews, who beat Jingliang a few fights back. Look for Zaleski to get a dominant win and set up a big fight against a top ranked fighter.
Play: Zaleski 1.33
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