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Carla Esparza will defend her UFC title against Zhang Weili at UFC 281 New York

The fighter of Ecuadorian roots, Carla Esparza will defend her UFC strawweight title on November 12, against China's Zhang Weili at UFC 281 New Y


The fighter of Ecuadorian roots, Carla Esparza will defend her UFC strawweight title on November 12, against China’s Zhang Weili at UFC 281 New York.

Esparza, 34, will have her defense after defeating Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 in May.

‘Cookie Monster’ as the fighter born in the United States but of an Ecuadorian migrant mother is nicknamed, will have a challenger who has just knocked out Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 275.

At UFC 281, Carla Esparza (19-6-0) will look to extend her second reign beyond the length of her first. After submitting Rose Namajunas to be crowned the inaugural champion in 2014, Esparza was dethroned by Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

The event will take place on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York, on a card that will lead Adesanya vs. Pereira.

Currently, Esparza maintains a professional record of 20 wins and 6 losses with a streak of 6 straight wins.