Amanda Lemos plans to ‘set the octagon on fire’ against Zhang Weili at UFC 292 to ‘leave the cage with the belt’
Amanda Lemos has a ton of confidence ahead of her strawweight title fight against Zhang Weili.
Lemos is set to challenge Weili in the co-main event of UFC 292 on August 19 in a very intriguing matchup. Although Weili will be the rightful betting favorite, Lemos has a ton of confidence she will get her hand raised as she plans to bring chaos to the cage in Boston.
“Weili is very explosive,” Lemos said this week on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast. “She likes to finish fights just like myself, so we’ll set the octagon on fire. I’ll get in there to win. We have a nice strategy, and I’m sure I’ll leave the cage with the belt.”
With Amanda Lemos planning to be aggressive as usual, and her knowing how Zhang Weili fights, the Brazilian doubts the fight will go all five rounds. Instead, she is confident she will stop Weili to become the new strawweight champion.
“Weili is very dangerous, so I have to stay alert of all of her movements,” Lemos said. “Her being that explosive is a good thing we’re studying in training. It’s going to be a super tough fight. We’ll give our all in there. She wants her belt, I want that belt for me, so it definitely won’t be left in the hands of the judges.”
Ahead of her UFC 292 title fight, Amanda Lemos also revealed she has added a new jiu-jitsu coach to her team so she has confidence should the fight hit the mat.
With that, Lemos isn’t ruling out a submission win over Weili but all that matters to her is getting a stoppage win to become the new champ.
“I’m sharpening my tools in all areas,” Lemos said. “I feel I’m evolving in each training. I have a new jiu-jitsu coach and he’s badass. I’m learning new tricks I can’t wait to put them in practice. I can’t tell you how it’s going to end, but it won’t go the distance. It’s either a knockout or a submission, that’s what I’m coming after on August 19.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime