UFC president Dana White has revealed that Weili Zhang’s next strawweight title defense will take place from Asia.
Zhang (21-1-0) has not been in action since the UFC 248 pay-per-view event in March 2020 when she successfully defended her UFC strawweight championship against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. During a recent chat with Brett Okamoto of ESPN, White revealed that Weili Zhang will defend her belt later this year against either Rose Namajunas or Carla Esparza. He also revealed that the fight will take place in Asia.
“We’re working on her [Weili Zhang] too. Obviously, the fight that everyone wants to see is her and Rose. Hopefully, we can get that done. If not, the next one in line would probably be Carla Esparza. We’re looking at doing that fight this year and in Asia,” Dana White said.
31-year-old Zhang became the first Chinese fighter to become a UFC champion when she knocked out Jessica Andrade in August 2019 to capture the strawweight title. Also known as ‘Magnum’, Zhang has not been defeated since her professional debut back in 2013.
Fight fans, are you excited to see Weili Zhang back in action? Do you think she has what it takes to defend the strawweight title against the likes of Rose Namajunas & Carla Esparza? Let us know in the comments section below.