Though nothing is official, Weili Zhang may have her first strawweight title defense lined up.
The Chinese fighter posted a video on her Instagram account endorsing a protein powder company, but the most interesting part of the message came in the caption, where she writes: “Also, I still await the battle contract.”
Accompanying the message are emojis of a fist, a pen and a Polish flag. The final emoji would seem to imply that Zhang will defend the 115-pound belt against Poland native Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who is coming off a decision win over Michelle Waterson in the UFC Fight Night 161 headliner on Oct. 12. However, the UFC has not made an announcement regarding Zhang or her next title defense.
After that victory, Jedrzejczyk said that reclaiming the strawweight championship is her “mission.” The American Top Team product won the title in March 2015 and successfully defended it five times before falling to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217. She then lost to Namajunas via decision in an immediate rematch at UFC 223 in April 2018.
Zhang, meanwhile, has been victorious in 20 of her 21 professional outings. After winning her first three Octagon appearances, “Magnum” claimed the title with a shocking 42-second stoppage of Jessica Andrade in the UFC Fight Night 157 headliner in Shenzhen, China on Aug. 31.