The UFC’s strawweight title is on the line. Carla Esparza, the first ever 115 lb champion in the company, is looking to out-do her first reign as champ by successfully defending the belt against her challenger: Zhang Weili.
Esparza comes into this fight off the back of her split decision win over Rose Namajunas to clinch the championship. Zhang’s last fight was a phenomenal TKO win over former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
This post will cover all the action from Esparza vs. Zhang as both women look to prove worthy of being two-time champions in the UFC.
UFC 281 is a standard PPV. There are four early preliminary card fights, which should kick off around 6pm ET/3pm PT. Those will air on big ESPN, ESPN+, and UFC Fight Pass. Things will stay on ESPN/ESPN+ for four more fights at 8pm ET/5pm PT, and then we’ll go over to ESPN+ PPV at 10pm ET/7pm PT as per the norm.