Zhang Weili (pink top) stops Karla Benitez (Kunlun Fight)
UFC on ESPN+ 15 Results: Zhang Scores Quick Knockout, Wins Women’s Strawweight Title
On Saturday, Aug. 31, the UFC hosted its 15th event on ESPN+ from the Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China.
In the night’s main event, women’s strawweight queen Jessica Andrade put her belt on the line against China’s Weili Zhang. The Brazilian Andrade earned the belt with a violent, second-round slam knockout of Rose Namajunas in May. Zhang was yet to taste defeat inside the Octagon, reeling off three straight victories.
In the co-main event, Li Jingliang fought in his homeland against Brazil’s Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, who was on a seven-fight winning streak.
The preliminary card aired live on ESPN at 3 a.m. ET. The night’s main card followed at 6 a.m. ET on ESPN+.
Weili Zhang def. Jessica Andrade by knockout. Round 1, 0:42 – for strawweight title
Li Jingliang def. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos by TKO (punches). Round 3, 4:51
Kai Kara-France def. Mark de la Rosa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Song Kenan def. Derrick Krantz by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Mizuki Inoue def. Wu Yanan by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Anthony Hernandez def. Jun Yong Park by submission (anaconda choke). Round 2, 4:39
Su Mudaerji def. Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Da Un Jung def. Khadis Ibragimov by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 2:00
Damir Ismagulov def. Thiago Moisés by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Heili Alateng def. Danaa Batgerel by unanimous decision (29-27×3)
Karol Rosa def. Lara Procópio by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)