Another fight has been added to the upcoming UFC card in China. The event is set for December 9th although we don’t even know which city it will be in.
What we do know is that Sumudaerji will be facing Allan Nascimento in a flyweight fight. The Chinese fighter returns to the octagon after a year long absence.
Sumudaerji (16-5) has three wins and three losses from his previous six UFC fights. He was last seen in action at UFC on ABC 3 where he was submitted in the second round by Matt Schnell.
Nascimento (20-6) is coming off back to back wins. This won’t be the Brazilian’s first time fighting in Asia, in 2016 he dropped a split decision to Yuki Motoya at the Rizin World Grand Prix.
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We might not have a city of venue confirmed but the first fight has been booked for the UFC’s upcoming event in China. Zhang Mingyang faces Brendson Ribeiro in a light heavyweight bout on December 9th.
The 25 year old looks set to be part of a sizeable Chinese contingent on the card. The UFC has plenty of fighters from the country to choose from and Mingyang will be making his official debut.
Mingyang had been booked to face Tyson Pedro at UFC 284 in February. He pulled out of that contest due to an undisclosed injury but will finally be making his promotional debut nine month’s later.
Mingyang is on a ten fight winning streak that culminated in a KO victory over George Tokkos at a Road to UFC event last year. Meanwhile Ribeiro will also be making his UFC debut.
ZHANG MINGYANG WITH THE HUGE UPSET 💥
— UFC (@ufc) June 9, 2022
Fans hoping that the eagerly anticipated all Chinese strawweight title fight between Weili Zhang and Yan Xiaonan would find its way onto this card are destined for disappointment. Earlier this month Dana White made it clear that he wasn’t looking to make this particular match in China.
UFC Fight Night 234 doesn’t currently have a venue or a main event. It could be in any one of a number of Chinese cities but it would be a surprise if Zhang and Xiaonan weren’t on the card.
Zhang is the reigning UFC strawweight champion and the only Chinese fighter to ever win a title with the promotion. Meanwhile Xiaonan is coming off the biggest win of her career against Jessica Andrade.