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Tatiana Suarez campaigns for title shot vs. Zhang Weili at UFC 306

Tatiana Suarez thinks it solely is smart for her to get the subsequent title alternative.

After Zhang Weili (24-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) retained her strawweight title in opposition to Yan Xiaonan at UFC 300, Suarez (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) was bumped as much as the No. 1 spot within the promotion’s official rankings.

Undefeated Suarez is 2-0 since coming back from an nearly four-year lengthy layoff resulting from harm, scoring submissions of Montana De La Rosa at flyweight, then a submission of former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade. Primarily based on the panorama at 115 kilos, Suarez sees herself because the rightful title contender.

“They want somebody to to struggle for that title, and why not someone who’s undefeated, has a tremendous story, robust grappler, and one thing that she actually hasn’t confronted but?” Suarez instructed ESPN. “(She must struggle) a tall, lengthy, rangy particular person that truly has excellent jiu-jitsu and wrestling – one thing that she’s actually developed, and now she’s beating all people together with her wrestling.

“So why not put her in opposition to someone that would do exactly that? Not solely that, however I’m undefeated within the division. You don’t have anyone within the division that’s undefeated on the high, so I believe that it simply makes a enjoyable, enjoyable matchup, and I hope that it occurs.”

Weili has relied on her grappling in a few of her current wins, however Suarez is assured that she finishes the champion if the struggle hits the bottom.

“I believe I get a submission, 100%,” Suarez mentioned. “I believe I’ll sub her – both a submission or a TKO.”

Suarez is keen to face Weili in China, or ideally on the extremely anticipated UFC 306 occasion Sept. 16 at The Sphere in Las Vegas.

“I heard they’re going be in China in August, however that’s not a pay-per-view card,” Suarez mentioned. “So I don’t know if possibly in September on the Sphere – that’d be wonderful, particularly as a result of I’m Mexican, and that’d be an excellent struggle to have.

“Understanding Weili, she may spit out some issues in Spanish and simply make it even higher. All people’s going to like her and all people’s going to love me,  and so then it’ll be a terrific struggle to have on the cardboard.”

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