Rose Namajunas reclaims UFC strawweight title with stunning knockout triumph after devastating Zhang Weili in the first round with explosive head kick
- Rose Namajunas shocked the world again after triumphing against Zhang Weili
- The new strawweight champion devastated Weili with a first-round head kick
- Weili was then powerless to prevent a flurry of blows after crashing to the floor
- The fight was quickly called off with an emotional Namajunas celebrating wildly
Rose Namajunas has become the UFC strawweight champion once again after stunning Zhang Weili with an explosive head kick in the first round.
The crunching contact brought audible gasps around the arena at UFC 261 in Jacksonville and Weili was helpless to prevent a flurry of blows crashing into her after she dropped to the floor.
With Namajunas devastating her opponent, the referee called the fight off.
Rose Namajunas became UFC strawweight champion once again after devastating Zhang Weili
A brutal first-round head kick from Namajunas saw Weili crash down and the fight was ended
Weili argued that the bout was called off too early, but the champion, who suffered her second career loss, was unable to mount any form of defence whilst grounded.
Having reclaimed the 115lb strap after just one minute and 18 seconds, Namajunas was visibly emotional.
‘I did it again,’ she said. ‘I am the best. I didn’t see her moving.
Namajunas’ kick made contact with Weili’s face and the new champion rapidly followed up
‘I wasn’t sure she was going to come back from that. A couple of those hammer fists and that was out.’
Joe Rogan revealed afterwards that Namajunas was heard reciting the words ‘I’m the best’ to herself before the fight got underway.
And with Weili unable to impose herself, Namajunas lived up to her own lofty billing.
A couple of early exchanges saw both fighters look to set themselves early on, but Namajunas then took a step back and pounced on the chance to strike.
After several more blows, Namajunas was named the champion with the referee stepping in
The explosive head kick dropped between Weili’s guard and made contact square in the face – confirming the end of her 21-fight win streak, which went back to 2014.
Namajunas’ second triumph in the division came about in eerily similar fashion to her first in 2017.
Then, the American, who fights out of Denver, was the underdog against Joanna Jedrzejczyk but shook up the sport with another first-round knockout.
Namajunas was visibly emotional after taking the 115lb strap for the second time in her career
Zhang insisted that the fight was waved off too early despite the nature of Namajunas’ kick
The nature of her win over Weili made her just the eighth fighter in UFC history to finish an opponent in a title fight with a head kick.
Namajunas has joined an esteemed list which includes Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre and Amanda Nunes.
Renan Barao, TJ Dillashaw, Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko have also sealed their spots in the history books in the same manner.
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