10 fastest finishes in UFC title fights ever
This past weekend saw the UFC crown a new Strawweight champion, as challenger Weili Zhang dispatched titleholder Jessica Andrade in under a minute in front of a hot crowd in Shenzhen, China.
The title win was a tremendous achievement for ‘Magnum’, and by defeating Andrade in just 42 seconds, she comfortably broke the record for the fastest finish in a UFC Strawweight title match. Surprisingly enough though, Zhang’s win wasn’t the fastest finish in any UFC title fight across all weight classes.
In fact, she only just makes 10th place in the list of the fastest finishes in UFC title fights. So who was faster than her? Find out here. Here are the 10 fastest finishes in UFC title fight history.
#10 Weili Zhang vs. Jessica Andrade – UFC Strawweight title – UFC Fight Night 157 – 42 seconds
In front of her home fans, underdog challenger Weili Zhang shocked everyone by destroying UFC Strawweight champion Jessica Andrade in just 42 seconds to claim the gold. In doing so, ‘Magnum’ also became the first UFC champion to hail from China, and the first Asian UFC champion, period.
Brazil’s Andrade – who had largely run over all of her previous opponents with a bulldozer-like attack of strikes – seemed confident prior to the fight and came out with her trademark aggression, walking Zhang down and looking to tag her with big punches. But despite landing a hard blow early on, Andrade ate a big right hand counter from ‘Magnum’ and it was all downhill from there.
Zhang applied a plum clinch and began to nail Andrade with a series of knees and elbows to the head, and once it was clear she was hurt, the Chinese star opened up with punches that downed the champion and left referee Leon Roberts with no choice but to step in.
It was a stunning finish and will definitely go down as one of 2019’s most memorable moments come the end of the year.