MMA Preview – Tecia Torres vs Weili Zhang at UFC 235

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 235? Sunday 3rd March, 2019 – 03:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 235? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 235 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 235? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 235? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

China’s own Weili Zhang has secured her spot on the main card of the most stacked card of the year so far and it is the opportunity she has been patiently waiting for. After losing her first professional fight, she has swotted away 18 opponents including nine knockouts and seven submissions which is an astounding finishing rate as a strawweight.

Zhang has looked phenomenal but now she has her first real test in the form of Tecia Torres who has been fighting among the best in the division, including Jessica Andrade and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Even though she lost to these women, this is top-level experience Zhang does not have.

THE PREDICTION

Zhang is a ferocious finisher and that is not just on the feet as we saw in her last fight against Jessica Aguilar, who she finished with an armbar. She will go about this fight in her usual manner and start very aggressively on the feet but Torres has never been finished before and in fact, all her fights apart from one have gone to a decision.

Torres is expected to move and circle Zhang to avoid her power on the feet and attempt to out-strike her to edge the points. However, Zhang won’t rest on a decision and will look to close the distance with Torres and unleash her nasty elbows. This aggression is likely to sway the judges if she doesn’t find a 17th career finish.

Winner: Zhang via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric