Jessica Andrade Title Defense vs. Weili Zhang Nearly Finalized for UFC China on Aug. 31
By: Tristen Critchfield Jun 11, 2019
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to mainland China will
feature a title bout at the top of the card.
Andrade will defend her strawweight crown against Weili Zhang
at the UFC’s upcoming event in Shenzhen, China on Aug. 31. While
contracts for the matchup have not been signed, the contest is
close to being official. The card, which will likely be UFC Fight
Night 157, is expected to air on ESPN+. It is the promotion’s third
visit to mainland China.
Andrade claimed the strawweight belt with a second-round slam
knockout of Rose
Namajunas at UFC 237. “Bate Estaca” has won seven of her last
eight Octagon appearances, with her only setback during that period
coming in five-round decision defeat to then champion Joanna
Zhang is currently on a 19-fight winning streak that includes three
triumphs in the UFC. The 29-year-old China native is coming off her
most significant victory to date, a decision over Tecia
Torres at UFC 235.