Well, that was certainly a statement.
Zhang Weili racked up her 18th straight victory at UFC Fight Night 141, with a devastating first round finish against a decorated Jessica Aguilar.
“This is the true me. This is how I fight,” Zhang told a packed Cadillac Arena.
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Aguilar was to be her toughest test yet, but Zhang dominated from the get go. From the opening bell, Zhang took control and showed the world why is regarded as the toughest strawweight in China, if not Asia.
“I feel very good right now. I am very excited because I am right at home, and this time I thought I really showed myself,” Zhang said.
“I am very grateful for everyone’s support. There are many fans who came to see my fight from all over the world. Thank you for supporting China Power, supporting MMA and supporting UFC.”
Speaking to media backstage, the 28-year-old said she was looking to ramp up her UFC campaign and called for a top-five ranked opponent.
“I’m here to be the champion,” she told TFN. “I think I will rest for a few days and then start training for my next bout.”
In her UFC debut against Danielle Taylor, Zhang admitted she was not in top form. Visa issues had prevented her head coach from joining her cage side and Zhang admitted it shook her.
“I don’t think I showed my full potential in my last fight and I was upset for a long time.”
There was no signs of that at UFC Fight Night 141 and her second win inside the Octagon sends a strong message to the UFC’s women’s strawweight division.