MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #215: Zhang Weili Becomes 1st Chinese UFC Champ! UFC 242 + Bellator 226

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On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, UFC On ESPN anchor Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that went down at UFC Shenzhen, where Strawweight Zhang Weili captured the title with a first-round TKO of former champ Jessica Andrade in the main event. They also discuss Li Jingliang’s win over Elizeau Zaleski Dos Santos and Karyn tells everyone what it was like covering the fights in China. Karyn and Alan also look ahead to the UFC 242 title fight between Lightweight Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Interim Champ Dustin Poirier and the rematch between Edson Barboza and Paul Felder before also talking about the Bellator 226 Heavyweight title fight between Champ Ryan Bader and challenger Cheick Kongo.

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17 Comments on "MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #215: Zhang Weili Becomes 1st Chinese UFC Champ! UFC 242 + Bellator 226"

  1. Here is the card for UFC 241: Nurmadeggov vs PoirerPrelims on fight pass @ 10am/7amLightweight DivisionDon Madge 8-3:1-0 vs Firas Zalm 10-2Middleweight DivisionOmari Akmedov 18-4-1:6-3-1 vs Zak Cummings 23-6:8-3Welterweight DivisionNordine Taleb 15-6:7-4 vs. Muslim Salikov 14-2:1-1Welterweight DivisionBelal Muhammad 15-3:6-3 vs. Takasai Sato 15-2:1-0Prelims on FX at Noon/9AMLightweight DivisionTeemu Packalen 8-2:1-2 vs. Ottoman Azutar 11-0Women's Bantamweight DivisionSarah Moras 5-5:2-4 vs. Liana Jojua 7-2Featherweight DivisionZubaira Tukagaov 18-4:3-1 vs. Lerone Murphy 5-0Women's Flyweight Division5. Joanne Calderwood 13-4:5-4 vs.6. Andrea Lee 11-2:3-0Main Card on pay per view @ 2pm/11amLightweight Division Mairbek Taisumov 28-5:7-1 vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira 15-2:6-2Heavyweight Division4. Curtis Blaydes 11-2, 1NC: 6-2, 1NC v s. 9. Shamil Abdurikaov 20-4:5-2Lightweight Division15.Islam Makachev 17-1:6-1 vs. Davi Ramos 10-2:4-1Lightweight Division7. Edson Barboza 20-7:14-7 vs. 10. Paul Felder 16-4:8-4UFC Lightweight Championshipc. Khabib Nurmadeggov 27-0:11-0 vs 1. Dustin Poirer 25-5,1NC: 17-4, 1NC

  2. To me, it felt like Weili was going to get the shot all along. I know Dana said nobody wanted to fight her. This card was ok. It was designed for Chinese fans locally. How many fans knew in the states about this card and the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Jed I Goodman tweeted a stat 20 of 24 fighters entered this card with less than 5 fights. 9 made their debuts.

  3. Another great and enjoyable podcast. I'm still not over the eye gouge The Leech employed against Jake Matthews not too long ago but he did get a nice win. I've got money ready for Zhang Weili vs. any of the strawweights mentioned here. Would really love to see Zhang vs. JJ.

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