The home crowd had plenty to cheer about at UFC Shenzhen tonight, as Zhang Weili took just 42 seconds to become China’s first ever UFC champion. Zhang took the strawweight title from Brazilian Jessica Andrade in what was only the third UFC event to take place in mainland China.
It took less than a minute for Zhang Weili to make history and become China's first UFC champion #UFCShenzhen pic.twitter.com/q9d8wZ2z8z— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 31, 2019
It took less than a minute for Zhang Weili to make history and become China's first UFC champion #UFCShenzhen pic.twitter.com/q9d8wZ2z8z
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 31, 2019
“Thank you, everyone. My name is Zhang Weili, I’m from China! Remember me!” the fighter declared after her win. And it seems unlikely that MMA fans will forget her lightning-quick victory.
The co-main event featuring Li Jingliang also saw celebrations from the Chinese crowd as the fighter notched up a major win over Elizeu Zaleski. That bout lasted just under 5 minutes and saw Li pick up a “performance of the night” bonus along with Zhang.
Who's going home with an extra ? 50k?A big night for China at #UFCShenzhen pic.twitter.com/oGQ1p9BvPq— UFC (@ufc) August 31, 2019
Who's going home with an extra ? 50k?
A big night for China at #UFCShenzhen pic.twitter.com/oGQ1p9BvPq
— UFC (@ufc) August 31, 2019
You can read more about Zhang Weili and her background in our profile of her here:
Is this Female Fighter China’s Best Hope for a UFC Title?
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