UFC Beijing kicks off first presser with Li Jingliang, Zhang Weili and Song Kenan

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UFC Fight Night Beijing On-Sale Press Conference And Athlete Tour
BEIJING, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 20: (L to R) UFC fighter Wu Yanan, Zhang Weili, The Live Entertainment Executive of WME/IMG China David He, the Vice President of Chinese Boxing Federation Han Jiuli, UFC fighter Curtis Blaydes, The Vice President of UFC APAC Kevin Chang, UFC fighter Li Jingliang, Song Kenan and the Vice President and General Manager of Daimai Meng Wei pose for photo during UFC Fight Night Beijing On-Sale press conference at W hotel on September 20, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images for UFC)
*** Local Caption *** Wu Yanan; Zhang Weili; David He; Han Jiuli; Curtis Blaydes; Kevin Chang; Li Jinliang; Song Kenan; Meng Wei

The UFC hit Beijing with a press conference and photo ops tour on 20 September to launch UFC Fight Night 141: Blaydes vs Ngannou 2.

Along with main event fighter Curtis Blaydes, there were four Chinese fighters in attendance: Wu Yanan, Li Jingliang, Song Kenan, and Zhang Weili. While the promotion did not announce any new bouts, the three who appeared yet haven’t been matched are still likely to be on this card.

Li “The Leech” Jingliang almost let the Beijing cat out of the bag when he won his bout at Singapore’s UFC FN 132 by saying, “The UFC is coming to my home town and I want to be on the card.” Leech followed up his sentiments at the press conference when he expressed, “This is my dream come true. I want to fight in front of my family and my friends.”

Two women already announced for the card, Wu and Yan Xiaonan, should be joined by their compatriot Zhang Weili. Yan and Zhang were racing each other to make it to the UFC, and while Yan made it first, Zhang sat back and trounced the competition at home. Having three female Chinese fighters on one UFC card will be an historic moment.

UFC Vice President of Asia Pacific Kevin Chang gave a special shout out to ASIA MMA’s TAP Media partner The Fight Nation and the 2018 Asia MMA Awards. Chang said, “Our sell out debut event in Shanghai last November has just been voted the best MMA event in Asia of 2017/2018, this is a fantastic achievement and one that would not be possible without the support of our passionate fans and valued partners.”

As partners, UFC announced the support of parent company Endeavor’s China subsidiary, General Tire as the presenting sponsor, Damai Sports and ticketing as a co-promoter, and supported by the China Boxing Federation.

Tickets are now on sale via China’s Damai Tickets here.

Curtis Blaydes
UFC fighter Curtis Blaydes learns Tai chi during UFC Fight Night Beijing Athlete Tour at Temple of Heaven on September 19, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images for UFC)

UFC Fight Night 141: Blaydes vs Ngannou 2
24 November 2018
Beijing, China

Heavyweight
Curtis Blaydes vs Francis Ngannou

Light Heavyweight
Hu Yaozhong vs Rashad Coulter

Women’s Flyweight
Wu Yanan Wu vs Shana Dobson

Women’s Strawweight
Yan Xiaonan vs Syuri Kondo

Welterweight
Li Jingliang vs TBA

Welterweight
Song Kenan vs TBA

Women’s Strawweight
Zhang Weili vs TBA

2 COMMENTS

  1. Is it Weili Zhang or Zhang Weili? I see it both ways. However it’s written, I’m certainly looking forward to seeing her in action. Certainly hope that they pick someone in the top 15 to fight her so she can begin her march up the ranks.

    • Zhang is her family name. In China, her family name would be written first. When Anglicized, it would be written last, as Weili Zhang.

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