Weili Zhang Next Fight Update- UFC Planning to Headline in Singapore

Published 01/29/2021, 12:35 PM EST
SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 31: Zhang Weili of China prepares to fight Jessica Andrade of Brazil in their UFC strawweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on August 31, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


UFC women’s strawweight champion Weili Zhang hasn’t entered the Octagon since her 5 round classic against Polish legend Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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Zhang retained her belt after managing to win a split decision. It was a battle for the ages as both the warriors were left bloodied and bruised at the end of the contest.

The strawweight division is full of contenders with the likes of Rose Namajunas, Marina Rodriguez, Claudia Gadelha, and more on the rise.

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Therefore, the UFC is planning to put Zhang back in action sooner rather than later. The promotion is trying to host an event in Singapore in April. They want the Chinese powerhouse to headline the card.

The talks are still in the early stages and anything concrete is yet to materialize. But the possibilities are very high. The last event that was held in Singapore took place in October 2019 with Ben Askren and Demian Maia headlining the card.

They are looking to go back to that region of the world again and they want Zhang, a regional superstar, to attract fans by defending her crown.

Who should Weili Zhang face?

There are plenty of options available for the striking sensation. Fan-favorite Rose Namajunas will be the ideal opponent for Zhang. But negotiations have broken down several times between Namajunas’s camp and the UFC. So, the promotion is trying to set up Carla Esparza to face Zhang next.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 31: Zhang Weili of China celebrates after her knockout victory over Jessica Andrade of Brazil in their UFC strawweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on August 31, 2019, in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Esparza was the first-ever champion in the UFC women’s strawweight division. She has held the Invicta FC strawweight championship as well. The 115 lbs division is very exciting at the moment, with plenty of contenders on the rise.

Who should Zhang face next time she steps into the Octagon? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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