Zhang Weili lined up for title shot in Shenzhen

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Zhang Weili is riding an 19-fight win streak. Photo: Zuffa / Getty Images.

Rising strawweight contender Zhang Weili has confirmed she will challenge Jessica Andrade for the UFC’s women’s strawweight in Shenzhen on 31 August.

The news was initially reported by Brett Okamoto at ESPN. Zhang has since confirmed the report, adding she was looking forward to making history as the first Chinese champion.

It’s understood the fight will headline the organisation’s third foray into the Chinese market.

Andrade (20-6) claimed the 115-pound title by defeating Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 last month. The 27-year-old champion’s only loss since 2016 has been at the hands of Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 221.

Since signing with the UFC last year, Zhang has peeled off three back-to-back wins on top of an over all career record of 19-1.

Her UFC campaign includes of wins over Danielle Taylor, former WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar and most recently a decision over Tecia Torres at UFC 235. That last win saw Zhang rocked up the UFC’s women’s strawweight charts ahead of Michelle Waterson and Courtney Casey.

The UFC announced its first event in Shenzhen will take place on 31 August at the Universiade Sports Centre. The show marks the third year in a row that the UFC has hosted an event in China.

Two other match-ups have been rumoured for the event including Ma Dong-Hyun who meets Scott Holtzman at lightweight and UFC women’s flyweight Wu Yanan who meets Luana Carolina.

The UFC will hold a press event at the newly launched Shanghai Performance Institute next week to confirm the lineup.

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