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.
UFC Fight Night 141: Blaydes vs Ngannou 2
24 November 2018
Curtis Blaydes vs Francis Ngannou
Hu Yaozhong vs Rashad Coulter
Wu Yanan Wu vs Shana Dobson
Yan Xiaonan vs Syuri Kondo
Li Jingliang vs TBA
Song Kenan vs TBA
Zhang Weili vs TBA