Weili Zhang has accumulated an impressive 16-1 record with 15 finishes heading into her UFC debut in this fight. The big question for her is the level of competition. That isn’t an issue with Danielle Taylor, who is 2-2 in the UFC including a win over former title challenger Jessica Penne.
Round 1. Zhang comes out with a series of kicks, mostly low but also at other angles. Taylor is clearly the smaller woman and she’s having trouble defending Zhang’s strikes. Zhang gets a trip takedown around the halfway point of the round. Zhang lands some punches inside the guard but has to defend a heel hook attack from Taylor and Taylor returns to her feet. Taylor lands a nice right hand there and Taylor hurts Zhang with a punch late. That was a blowout most of the way but Taylor had success late. 10-9 Zhang.
Round 2. Zhang continues to move forward aggressively, throwing a lot of kicks. Taylor does land a nice counterpunch in the midst of the attack, however. Zhang is very effective offensively but she does leave openings defensively. Taylor’s hooks are her best weapon. Zhang is throwing a little bit less, having to respect Taylor’s offense. However, she is still doing well and lands a nice combination on Taylor. Taylor lands a hard right hand late, closing well just like in the first. 10-9 Zhang.