UFC 292 Preview: Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Aug 19)
- Zhang Weili is defending her UFC Women’s Strawweight title against Amanda Lemos.
- Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos is the co-main event of UFC 292: Sterling vs. O’Malley.
- UFC 292 odds suggest Weili will stay in possession of the championship belt.
Zhang Weili (23-3) is defending her UFC Women’s Strawweight title against Amanda Lemos (13-2-1) who’s never fought for a title in this promotion before. The Weili vs. Lemos fight will serve as the co-main event of UFC 292, which is taking place at TD Garden in Boston on Saturday, August 19, 2023.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 10:00 p.m ET
- Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
- How to Watch: PPV
Zhang Weili has been fighting professionally since 2013, suffering only 3 losses in 26 fights. Her first loss happened on her debut, but then eight years passed until she got defeated again. It happened in her second title defense when Rose Namajunas beat her by KO in round 1.
She tried to get her title back a few months later, but Thug beat her again, this time by a split decision. Namajunas then lost the title to Carla Esparza, who then got beaten by Weili. That’s how the Chinese fighter got in possession of the UFC Women’s Strawweight title belt again.
Her second stint as the 115lb champ started with a submission win, but that’s not her favorite method of winning. Instead, she prefers to finish her opponents with strikes – she’s got 11 wins by KO/TKO.
What needs to worry her is that her next opponent too is great striking-wise. Amanda Lemos lands 4.51 significant strikes a minute, which is only slightly less than Weili. However, one may argue that her strikes are more powerful than those of her opponent, the evidence being that she’s got a knockout-to-win percentage of 61.53% (Weili’s at 47.82%).
Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos Prediction
Lemos is a fantastic striker with many other powerful weapons in her arsenal, but she probably isn’t on the same level as Weili. The thing is that she’s only fought three ranked opponents so far. Meanwhile, the reigning champ has only fought ranked opponents since 2018.