Top 5 Fastest Finishes in UFC Women’s Strawweight Division History

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Weili Zhang kicks Tecia Torres in a women's strawweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Oct 13, 2022, 8:25 PM
  • Poliana Botelho leads the list.
  • These finishes were around one minute.

The strawweight division is arguably the most exciting women’s division in the UFC because of the abundance of electrifying fighters competing in the weight class. Names such as Rose Namajunas, Zhang Weili, Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez allow the fans to place their bets through various UFC odds.

These exciting fighters can also provide the fastest finishes during the fight, setting the record for the division. Who among these world-class 115-pound athletes holds the quickest win in the division’s history? Here’s the top five list.

Fastest Finishes in UFC Women’s Strawweight Division History

Poliana Botelho vs. Syuri Kondo – 33 Seconds

Poliana Botelho and Syuri Kondo had a successful UFC debut when they defeated Pearl Gonzalez and Chanmi Jeon through decision victories. Because of this, they were pitted against each other in their second promotional fight in May 2018, which took place in Santiago, Chile.

In the early stages of the fight, Botelho timed a picture-perfect kick to the body of Kondo, which instantly made her backpedal. This opened the opportunity for the Brazilian, and she capitalized on it by landing a punch straight to the Japanese’s chin that knocked her down. Eventually, Botelho landed seven more punches to her downed opponent and got the finish in 33 seconds.

Amanda Lemos vs. Montserrat Conejo – 35 Seconds

When Amanda Lemos faced Monsterrat Conejo in July 2021, she already had four UFC fights under her name, and she only lost one. While Conejo was still a relatively new fighter to the roster, having only one UFC bout in her resume winning against Cheyanne Vlismas in her debut fight in March 2021 by unanimous decision.

This discrepancy in experience played a huge role when the two squared off inside the Octagon. Lemos displayed a striking masterclass by landing more powerful and clean shots over the Mexican. She secured a perfect right-hand punch to Conejo’s chin while she was moving forward. It immediately made Conejo lose her equilibrium, and the referee stopped the fight to avoid further damage.

Zhang Weili vs. Jessica Andrade – 42 Seconds

Zhang Weili became the first-ever UFC champion from China, and she did it through one of the most impressive and fastest finishes in the history of the strawweight division in August 2019. She TKO’ed Jessica Andrade in their title showdown. What is more impressive is that Weili only needed 42 seconds to score the victory.

Right from the get-go, the Chinese star was aggressive and was pushing forward. The Brazilian champion made a mistake when she decided to exchange punches with Weili as she was caught in the pocket with a looping right hand that stunned her. “Magnum” fully took advantage of it by pouring down a combination of knee and elbow strikes. In the end, Andrade couldn’t handle it, and the Fight Ready representative collected the title.

Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Gloria de Paula – 1:00 

Cheyanne Vlismas and Gloria de Paula’s routes to the UFC were similar as both were Dana White’s Contender Series products. The two 115-pound athletes were matched against each other in August 2021 during a fight night inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Vlismas got the win in stunning fashion.

Vlismas, a representative of Xtreme Couture, survived an early scare from de Paula by absorbing the initial attack from the Brazilian. She secured a takedown less than 30 seconds into the fight, but de Paula regained her stance briefly as Vlismas uncorked a powerful kick right to her opponent’s chin to send her back to the canvas. The “Warrior Princess” formally won with ground-and-pound strikes.

Emily Whitmire vs. Aleksandra Albu – 1:01

Although Emily Whitmire lost in her stint in the Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale to Gillian Robertson via first-round armbar submission, she still obtained a UFC contract. She submitted Aleksandra Albu in their February 2019 bout with a 1:01 rear-naked choke victory and is rounding out the fastest finishes in UFC’s strawweight division. It was Whitmire’s second win under the UFC after unanimously beating Jamie Moyle in her July 2018 debut. She initially lost her fight to Gillian Robertson during the Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in December 2017.

A rapid combination from Albu stung Whitmire in the opening seconds of the fight, but she recovered and secured a takedown. When Albu was back on her feet, Whitmire jumped off her back and directly locked in a rear-naked choke to force the Russian to tap. From there, “Spitfire” operated from the mount position and fully utilized her grappling expertise to work her way into a submission maneuver.

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.