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UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza seems unstoppable at the moment. After defeating former two-time strawweight champion Rose Namajunas at UFC 274, “Cookie Monster” is currently on a six-fight win streak.

In her next fight, the American meets former division queen Zhang Weili. The strawweight title fight takes place on November 12 as a co-main event at UFC 281.

Carla Esparza announced on social media that she will be making her first title defense against Zhang Weili in NYC 🏆 #UFC281

This edition of the UFC pay-per-view takes place in New York’s famous Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the event are available through

After back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas, Esparza’s opponent Weili returned to victory at UFC 275 by securing a second-round KO over Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Watch Zhang Weili KO Joanna Jedrzejczyk below:

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Esparza currently holds a Pro MMA record of 19-6 as a Pro MMA athlete while Weili’s record stands at 22-3.

This is the American’s second reign as a UFC champion. Interestingly, Esparza became the first strawweight champion of the promotion The ultimate fighter (TUF) 20 finals by defeating Rose Namajunas.

The middleweight title fight between former kickboxing foes Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira will serve as the main event for UFC 281.

The UFC 281 main card also features many other fan favorites. A fight between former lightweight title challengers Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler will also be part of the main card.

Fan favorite Dan Hooker returns on November 12 to take on 26-year-old Claudio Puelles.

When Joanna Jedrzejczyk suggested that Carla Esparza was “scared” to fight Zhang Weili

In a recent interview with The Schmo, former UFC fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk responded to Carla Esparza’s claims that Marina Rodriguez should get the title shot over Zhang Weili, saying the champion may be scared of the China international.

Speaking to Schmo, the retired fighter claimed that the UFC had already planned to field fight winner Weili-Jedrzejczyk against the reigning strawweight queen:

“It’s her choice, her decision … But we were told that … the winner of our fight, mine and Weili would be the next challenger for the UFC strawweight belt. So, Weili Zhang definitely deserves the shot title. And I know Carla might be scared, but it’s her choice, you know, it’s her choice, she’s the champion.

Watch Joanna Jedzejczyk talk about Carla Esparza below:

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