Carla Esparza Opens as Underdog Versus Both Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Zhang Weili

Esparza V Zhang Jedrzejczyk

  • The winner of Saturday’s UFC 275 bout between Joanna Jedrzejczy and Weili Zhang could be the first title challenger for new champion Carla Esparza.
  • Esparza would be a -+300 underdog if she fought Jedrzejczyk and a +130 bottom dog against Zhang.
  • Zhang is currently the -160 betting favorite to beat Jedrzejczyk on Saturday with Joanna coming back at +140 odds.

UFC 275’s women’s strawweight bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Weili Zhang could have title implications.

With UFC President Dana White hinting that the winner of Saturday’s rematch between former women’s strawweight champions could be the first title challenger for newly-crowned champion Carla Esparza, the best UFC betting sites have opened the betting odds for two possible bouts for the Cookie Monster.

Esparza Would Love to Get Sweet Revenge on Joanna

Last month, Esparza told MMA journalist Ariel Helwani during an appearance at the MMA Hour that she would love to get sweet revenge on Jedrzejczyk should the Polish fighter get past her Chinese opponent in their rematch this weekend.

It can be recalled that Jedrzejczyk took Esparza’s strawweight belt one fight after she was crowned as the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion by beating Namajunas at the TUF 20 Finale. Jedrzejczyk went on to successfully defend the belt five times before losing to Namajunas in a massive betting upset at UFC 217.

According to the best UFC betting sites, Esparza would be a huge +300 underdog if she ends up fighting Jedrzejczyk in her first title defense. Cookie Monster was the -160 betting favorite in their first bout. Meanwhile, Jedrzejczyk is the -400 betting favorite in an Esparza rematch. Joanna closed at +140 odds when they fought at UFC 185.

Dana White Shuts Down Esparza vs Namajunas 3

UFC President Dana White also shut down a possible third fight between Esparza and immediate former champion Rose Namajunas during the UFC 274 post-event press conference. According to White, nobody is clamoring for that fight anymore with Esparza beating Thug Rose twice already. Instead, White hinted that the winner of the UFC 275 bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili would likely get the first crack at the new champion.

As of the latest odds board at the BetOnline App, Zhang is the -160 betting favorite against Jedrzejczyk who is listed at +140 odds. Weili was a bigger -235 odds on favorite when she defeated Joanna in their first bout at UFC 248. Meanwhile, Jedrzejczyk is the +140 betting underdog this weekend. She closed at +195 during their first bout.

Should Zhang emerge victorious this Saturday, she would be the -150 betting favorite if the UFC gives her the first title challenge against Esparza. Meanwhile, the champion would be a slight +130 bottom dog if she goes on to defend her title against the heavy-hitting Chinese fighter.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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