Carla Esparza was the first champion of the UFC’s strawweight division, but not for long. Joanna came in and ruled the 115lb division for nearly three years before Rose Namajunas defeated her twice, only to be knocked out by Jessica Andrade’s slam. The came along the current champ, Weili Zhang, who defeated Andrade to become China’s first UFC champion and earned her first title defence in one of the greatest fights in history against Joanna.
Dan Hardy, Nick Peet and Adam Catterall break down the history of the division and its importance to the UFC going forward…
In This Story: China
China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes the former nations of Tibet and Hong Kong.