Zhang Weili stated Wednesday at a press conference that spectators should be prepared for a “Zhang Weili” event. “spectacular moment” Saturday night. Zhang used a rear naked choke to win the strawweight championship. This was her second title. After the win, Zhang rolled around the ring as the crowd cheered.

Carla Esparza, one of the longest-tenured U.F.C. members, is an example of this. The U.F.C.’s longest-tenured fighter, Carla Esparza, was the inaugural strawweight champion for 2014. She seemed outmatched on Saturday night. Esparza was booed throughout the fight. She had been one the most disliked champions in 2014 due to her passive approach in her last victory.

Zhang won the title for the first time in 2019, when she defeated Jéssica Andrade by a first-round knockout, making her the first Chinese-born U.F.C. champion. Zhang lost her title to Rose Namajunas on April 20, 2021. She won the fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk on January and earned this title fight.

Zhang’s first title win came in Shenzhen, China, a moment that she has said was one of the best in her life. She said that Saturday night in New York was like being back in China because of the atmosphere.

“I felt the same level of support from all of you guys,” She spoke through an interpreter.