Report: Weili Zhang handed title shot at UFC Fight Night Shenzhen
Weili Zhang looks set to become the first Chinese fighter to ever challenge for a UFC belt. According to reliable reports she has been matched with reigning strawwweight champion Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen on August 31st.
Zhang (19-1) is currently #10 in the UFC’s official strawweight rankings making her a surprising choice for a title shot. But with a headline fight needed for UFC Fight Night Shenzhen matchmakers decided this was the perfect time to have the Chinese fighter challenge for the belt.
Andrade ( 20-6) is a veteran of 15 UFC fights and will be making the first defence of the 115lbs title she won by finishing Rose Namajunas with a huge slam at UFC 237. The Brazilian is currently riding a four fight winning streak.
Meanwhile Zhang has won 19 fights in a row, capturing titles with Asian promotions Kunlun Fight and Top FC. Since signing for the UFC she has beaten Danielle Taylor, Jessica Aguilar and Tecia Torres.
As previously announced Wu Yanan faces Luana Carolina at UFC on ESPN+ 15.
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