This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Weili Zhang Turns 30

By: Brian Knapp
Aug 6, 2019
Weili Zhang likely gives China its best chance at striking Ultimate Fighting Championship gold. One of the world’s premier women’s strawweights, she celebrates her 30th birthday on Aug. 13.

Eighteen days later, Zhang will carry a remarkable 19-fight winning streak into her showdown with 115-pound champion Jessica Andrade in the UFC Fight Night 157 main event at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China. The Black Tiger Fight Club representative last appeared at UFC 235, where she took a three-round unanimous decision from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 20 quarterfinalist Tecia Torres in March. Zhang has delivered 16 of her 19 professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Others in MMA celebrating a birthday in August:

AUG. 1

Jason Von Flue, 44
Dominic Clark, 34
Gegard Mousasi, 34
Jenel Lausa, 31
David Zawada, 29
Ricardo Ramos, 24

AUG. 2

Krzysztof Soszynski, 42
Jeff Hougland, 41
John Kelly, 41
Ivan Musardo, 39
Aleksander Emelianenko, 38
Nick Diaz, 36
Zak Cummings, 35
Magomed Mustafaev, 31
Tanner Boser, 28
Jose Torres, 27

AUG. 3

Eric Esch, 53
Johnny Eduardo, 41
Carey Vanier, 38
Aleksandar Radosavljevic, 36
Neil Magny, 32
Amanda Bell, 31
Ben Nguyen, 31

AUG. 4

Art Jimmerson, 56
Dhafir Harris, 42
Duane Ludwig, 41
Mitsuhisa Sunabe, 40
Iuri Alcantara, 39
Bernardo Magalhaes, 38
Joe Duarte, 36
Bryan Caraway, 35
Jared Rosholt, 33
Oluwale Bamgbose, 32
Jonathan Meunier, 32
Paul Sass, 31
Ray Borg, 26

AUG. 5

Sean Sherk, 46
Dmitry Smoliakov, 37
Lissette Neri, 32
Dustin Pague, 32
Ian Heinisch, 31
Mladen Kujundzic, 30
Nathaniel Wood, 26

AUG. 6

Sean Gray, 46
Igor Vovchanchyn, 46
Patrick Mikesz, 45
Tracy Hess, 42
Charles McCarthy, 39
Chris Beal, 34
Daniel Pineda, 34
Minoru Takeuchi, 34
Dan Ige, 28
Trevin Giles, 27

AUG. 7

Johil de Oliveira, 50
Brian Gassaway, 47
Edwin Dewees, 37
Henry Martinez, 36
Demi Deeds, 35
Martin Begley, 34

AUG. 8

Yusuke Imamura, 43
Shayna Baszler, 39
Benny Madrid, 39
Alberto Emiliano Pereira, 35
Damir Hadzovic, 33
Damon Jackson, 31
Mairbek Taisumov, 31

AUG. 9

Hugo Duarte, 51
Kerry Schall, 48
Matt Hamilton, 46
Kyle Watson, 40
Cary Bullos, 36
Attila Vegh, 34
C.J. Keith, 33
Alexa Grasso, 26

AUG. 10

Kevin Randleman, 1971-2016
Robin Black, 50
C.B. Dollaway, 36
Randa Markos, 34
Joe Proctor, 34
Oliver Enkamp, 28

AUG. 11

Joe Rogan, 52
Chase Gormley, 36
Abdul Razak Alhassan, 34
Henry Corrales, 33
Artem Lobov, 33
Ev Ting, 30
Emmanuel Sanchez, 29
Rolando Dy, 28

AUG. 12

Frankie Saenz, 39
Pearl Gonzalez, 33
Norma Rueda Center, 32
Baysangur Vakhitov, 28
Changxin Fu, 27

AUG. 13

Solomon Hutcherson, 47
Nik Lentz, 35
Jonathan Brookins, 34
Russell Doane, 33
Demetrious Johnson, 33
Ronys Torres, 33
Weili Zhang, 30
Joe Gigliotti, 26

AUG. 14

Derrick Noble, 41
Ricardo Funch, 39
Moyses Gabin, 39
Joseph Henle, 36
Brylan Van Artsdalen, 35
Mark Holst, 34
Colton Smith, 32

AUG. 15

Jason Black, 47
Katsuhisa Fujii, 47
Marcus Jones, 46
Valmir Lazaro, 34
Andy Enz, 28

AUG. 16

Rulon Gardner, 48
Hiroya Takada, 42
Byron Bloodworth, 36
Mickael Lebout, 32
Tecia Torres, 30
Joe Madrid, 29
Alex Morono, 29
Patrick Mix, 26

AUG. 17

Masaaki Satake, 54
Carlos Newton, 43
Valentijn Overeem, 43
Leslie Smith, 37
Philipe Lins, 34
Hector Aldana, 31
Richie Smullen, 28

AUG. 18

Chris Lytle, 45
Chad Robichaux, 44
Sergei Kharitonov, 39
Geronimo dos Santos, 39
Sachiko Yamamoto, 39
Guy Delumeau, 38
Josh Tyler, 36
Gian Villante, 34
Miesha Tate, 33
Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 32
Sergio Pettis, 26
Agilan Thani, 24

AUG. 19

Ricco Rodriguez, 42
Kyle Bradley, 37
Stipe Miocic, 37
Krzysztof Jotko, 30
Julianna Pena, 30
Mizuki Inoue, 25
Jake Matthews, 25

AUG. 20

Tom Speer, 35
Sheldon Westcott, 35
Billy Giovanella, 34
Elizabeth Phillips, 33
Gleristone Santos, 31

AUG. 21

Alex Reid, 44
Dave Jansen, 40
Daniel Sarafian, 37
Zachary Micklewright, 33
Shoko Sato, 32
Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira, 26

AUG. 22

Hideo Tokoro, 42
Pat Runez, 40
Ryan Janes, 38
Justin Buchholz, 36
Magomed Bibulatov, 31
Niklas Backstrom, 30
Dillon Danis, 26
Joseph Morales, 25
Nasrat Haqparast, 24

AUG. 23

Brock Larson, 42
Damien Trites, 40
Scott McAfee, 36
Robert Watley, 30
Andrey Koreshkov, 29

AUG. 24

James Toney, 51
Dan Henderson, 49
Trevor Prangley, 47
Dong Sik Yoon, 47
Marcus Davis, 46
Hayato Sakurai, 44
Francisco Trinaldo, 41
Charles Rosa, 33
Jake Heun, 32

AUG. 25

Jeremy Horn, 44
Danny Castillo, 40
Mark Holata, 37
Piotr Hallmann, 32
Ryan Benoit, 30
Leon Edwards, 28

AUG. 26

Erik Apple, 42
Paul Barrow, 34
Lance Benoist, 31
Ketlen Vieira, 28
Amanda Ribas, 26

AUG. 27

Hermes Franca, 45
Amir Sadollah, 39
Lew Polley, 38
Ryan Couture, 37
Shahbulat Shamhalaev, 36

AUG. 28

Deividas Taurosevicius, 42
Anthony Ferguson, 39
Karo Parisyan, 37
Louis Gaudinot, 35
Rick Story, 35
Jon Tuck, 35
Geoff Neal, 29

AUG. 29

George Kleber, 42
Gabe Ruediger, 42
Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz, 36
Kelly Anundson, 35
Kassius Holdorf, 33

AUG. 30

Eric Prindle, 43
Barb Honchak, 40
Cole Escovedo, 38
Joe Brammer, 36
Jim Miller, 36

AUG. 31

Ido Pariente, 41
Daniel Omielanczuk, 37
Pat Curran, 32
Alexis Dufresne, 29
Ricky Simon, 27
Mark De La Rosa, 25

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