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We have a rematch in the Women’s Strawweight division, as two former Champions in Zhang “Magnum” Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk clash. A loser of two straight, albeit the last fight coming via split decision, Weili returns to the octagon looking to reverse her fortune. Not taking an easier fight, Weili will look to closing the chapter on Jedrzejczyk as her route back to the title. Meanwhile, Jedrzejczyk returns to the octagon for the first time since her epic ‘Fight of the Year” battle against Weili . Taking a little over two years off, Jedrzejczyk comes into this bout recharged and looking to recapture her throne.
As the third to last fight on the card, this is a real treat to the fans. Both women are two of the best competitors the UFC roster has to offer and will once again lock horns in what is bound to be another barnburner. Weili , a well rounded fighter, is mainly an active striker that boast power and cardio. With excellent takedown defense and some wrestling chops, the physically strong Weili is one of the more complete fighters in the division. Which could be said about Jedrzejczyk too. An active striker as well, Jedrzejczyk is technical and methodically on the feet. With excellent cardio to back up her high pace, Jedrzejczyk has landed over 125 strikes in eight of her fights. A statistic that assuredly seems to be hers by a landslide. Lastly on Jedrzejczyk, she has solid takedown defense and isn’t someone to accept bottom position.
As for a prediction, I’m siding with Jedrzejczyk. While I picked Weili in the first fight, there was an aura around her at the time, that seemed to reflect a fighter who was brimming with confidence. Having now loss back-to-back fights, I’m not saying that confidence is gone, but the aura is no longer of invisibility. Jedrzejczyk suffered through it too, but that was four years ago. In the end, I believe that as long as Jedrzejczyk can avoid being doubled up by Weili’s power shots, that her output will reign through. With two years off to recharge the battery, I’m expect Jedrzejczyk to show out and win via decision.