Chinese fighters Aoriqileng and Liang Na signed by the UFC
The UFC has added two more Chinese fighters to the roster. Flyweight Aoriqileng and strawweight Liang Na have both signed with the promotion and are set to make their debuts in 2021.
Both will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Weili Zhang who became the promotion’s first ever Chinese champion when she won the strawweight title at UFC Shenzhen in 2021. There are currently five fighters from China ranked in the top 15 in their respective divisions.
Aoriqileng has a record of 18-6 and has been competing for WLF. He is riding a six fight winning streak and dropped a decision to UFC flyweight Kai Kara-France in 2017.
Liang Na is 14-4 as a professional and has won her last four. She has also spent the majority of her career with WLF but did appear at Bellator 189, getting submitted by the promotion’s current flyweight champion Juliana Velasquez (11-0).
Both fighters have been training at the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai. There are now three graduates from that facility on the roster, with bantamweight Heili Alateng having signed in 2019.
Kevin Chang, UFC Senior Vice President APAC, is pleased to see the promotion’s investment in China paying dividends,
“We’re so proud to see Aoriqileng and Liang Na graduate from our program and wish them all the best as they continue their journey into the UFC. The hard work, sacrifice and dedication our athletes put in to improving themselves is tremendous.”