Carla Esparza On Weili Zhang: “I’m The Champion, And I Feel She Needs To Go On My Timeline.”

Reigning UFC Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza recently sat down with New York Post for a Interview where she addresses the current number one contender; Weili Zhang. During the interview she noted that she has yet to see Weili Zhang’s recent UFC 275 win in full.

I was on my way back from an event. It actually came on earlier than I expected. I didn’t catch it, And then when we did get in, it was really hard trying to load the fight. We kept trying to buy it, and it wasn’t working. I caught the highlight, and I definitely plan to watch it. Obviously, if I ended up fighting Weili, I can’t not watch her most recent fight.

– Carla Esparza

Carla then went on to explain how UFC reached out to schedule her next fight, in which the champion says she would prefer it happened closer to the end of the year. She credits nagging injuries and allowing time to heal up for date that choice. Carla Esparza is not worried about what Weili wants, feeling as though Weili is on the champs timeline.

I definitely don’t feel like I’m in a position where I should rush just because Weili wants a certain date, I’m not trying to go on her timeline. I’m the champion, and I feel she needs to go on my timeline.

– Carla Esparza

There’s a big possibility we won’t see Carla Esparza defend her Strawweight title against Weili Zhang until late 2022, early 2023. Carla also talked about her recent marriage and touched on her win against Rose Namajunas. You can read the full interview here:

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