- Odds: Rose Namajunas and Weili Zhang are even money on Draftkings and FanDuel sportsbook.
- Zhang will get an immediate rematch from her 1st round loss to Rose at UFC 261.
- Can Rose repeat the same success she had in the first fight?
UFC 268 is growing to become the most stacked UFC card of 2021. Headlined by Usman vs Covington 2 and now we have a huge co-main with Rose Namajunas defending her title against Weili Zhang. UFC 268 is set for November 6, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York. We review the latest odds for Rose vs Zhang at UFC 268 below.
Rose Namajunas vs Weili Zhang 2 Odds
According to the opening Rose Namajunas vs Weili Zhang 2 odds, online sportsbooks are split. From our early analysis of Draftkings sportsbook and FanDuel both sites are giving the 115 lb fighters a -110 betting line. In Rose’s second reign as UFC champion, she seems to have the upper hand over Zhang. You can track the latest odds via our list of best online sportsbooks.
I expect Rose to rise to the occasion again, but it won’t be a straight forward win like their first encounter. Historically Rose has been a big betting underdog when it comes to fights she has prevailed in, including being a +500 underdog when she upset the odds and defeated Joanna Jędrzejczyk in their first fight. For MMA news and betting updates, stay in the loop with Betting Insider Journal.
Betting on Rose vs Zhang 2
While the oddsmakers are playing it safe with this opening betting line. It’s fair to sat that Rose Namajunas will be a firm betting favorite come fight night, I’m expecting pubic money to boost Rose’s odds from -110 to -180 come UFC 268.
Rose holds two back-to-back wins over the former strawweight queen Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Since then Joanna picked up wins over Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson. However, she lost to Valentina Shevchenko at flyweight. Then returned to strawweight to face Zhang, which turned out to be one of the most explosive fights of 2020.
Rose was the second fighter to defeat Zhang, snapping her record to 21-2. Zhang will be determined to get the W back and also cautious of Rose’s head kicks. When it come to betting value on Rose vs Zhang, the latest UFC 268 odds for betting props are yet to be released. However, in terms of a straight up pick Rose offers great value as a straight moneyline wager.
According to UFC stats for this fight, Strikes Landed per Min. (SLpM) are in favor of Zhang with 6.36 compared to Rose at 4.13. This may be partially due to Zhangs fight with Joanna, which had extremely high output on both sides. We know that both fighters have the ability to finish this fight insider the distance, which would be another worthy bet for UFC 268.
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UFC Overlooks Carla Esparza
Former women’s 115lbs champion Carla Esparza reacted after being snubbed of getting the next UFC strawweight title shot at UFC 268.
It’s unfortunate for Esparza that she wasn’t deemed worthy of getting the next title shot by the UFC despite her impressive five-fight win streak. In addition to her brutal beatdown over Xiaonan, Esparza also holds recent wins over the likes of top contenders such as Marina Rodriguez, Michelle Waterson, Alexa Grasso, and Virna Jandiroba. Not only that, but she does hold a previous win over Namajunas in the UFC from her first fight in the promotion. On paper, it feels like Esparza did everything she needed to get the rematch.
What are your thoughts, does Esparza deserve a title show? Comment below.