Zhang Weili

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Zhang Weili
Born (1989-08-13) August 13, 1989 (age 30)
Handan, Hebei, China[1]
Native name张伟丽
Other namesMagnum
NationalityChinese
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight52 kg (115 lb; 8 st 3 lb)
DivisionStrawweight
Reach63 in (160 cm)[2]
StyleSanda,[1] Shuai Jiao, BJJ[3]
Fighting out ofBeijing, China[1]
TeamBlack Tiger Fight Club
Teacher(s)Xuejun Cai (MMA)[4]
Pedro Jordao (jiu-jitsu)
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1] under Pedro Jordao[5]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins20
By knockout10
By submission7
By decision3
Losses1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Zhang Weili
Traditional Chinese張偉麗
Simplified Chinese张伟丽

Zhang Weili (Chinese: 张伟丽; born September 30, 1990), nickname Magnum,[6] is a Chinese mixed martial artist. She was the former Kunlun Fight strawweight champion and currently competes in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where she is the current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. She is the first ever Chinese and East Asian champion in UFC history.[7]

Background[edit]

Zhang was born in Handan, Hebei, China. She started training Sanda, Shuai Jiao and later Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) after watching others practicing BJJ in the gym where she worked as a fitness instructor, and she then later transitioned to MMA.[4][8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zhang made her professional MMA debut in 2013. After losing her professional debut to Meng Bo by unanimous decision, she would go on to win 11 straight fights before challenging Simone Duarte for the Kunlun Fight Female Strawweight Championship on May 25, 2017, at Kunlun Fight MMA 11. She won the fight via TKO in the second round.[6]

Zhang made her first title defense against Aline Sattelmayer on June 1, 2017, at Kunlun Fight MMA 12. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[6]

On July 22, 2017, Zhang attempted to win a second title, when she challenged Ye Dam Seo for the vacant Top FC Strawweight Championship at TOP FC 15. She won the fight via TKO in the second round to capture the title.[6]

In her next bout, Zhang made her second KLF title defense against on August 28, 2017, at Kunlun Fight MMA 14 against Marilia Santos. She won the fight via TKO in the second round.[6]

Zhang would fight one more time for KLF, amassing a record of 16-1 and improving her winning streak to 16 before getting a call to the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Zhang made her promotion debut on August 4, 2018, at UFC 227 against Danielle Taylor.[9] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[10]

On November 24, 2018, Zhang faced Jessica Aguilar at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2.[11] She won the fight via a submission in round one.[12]

Zhang faced Tecia Torres on March 3, 2019, at UFC 235.[13] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

UFC Strawweight Champion[edit]

Zhang faced Jéssica Andrade for the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship on August 31, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 15.[15] She won the fight via first round technical knockout to become the new Strawweight champion.[16] The win also earned Zhang her first Performance of the Night bonus award.[17]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 20 wins 1 loss
By knockout 10 0
By submission 7 0
By decision 3 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–1 Jéssica Andrade TKO (knees and punches) UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang August 31, 2019 1 0:42 Shenzhen, China Won the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 19–1 Tecia Torres Decision (unanimous) UFC 235 March 2, 2019 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–1 Jessica Aguilar Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 1 3:41 Beijing, China
Win 17–1 Danielle Taylor Decision (unanimous) UFC 227 August 4, 2018 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 16–1 Bianca Sattelmayer Submission (armbar) Kunlun Fight MMA 15 October 3, 2017 1 3:29 Seoul, South Korea Catchweight (119 lbs) bout.
Win 15–1 Marilia Santos TKO (elbows) Kunlun Fight MMA 14 August 28, 2017 2 3:20 Yantai, China Defended the KLF Strawweight Championship.
Win 14–1 Ye Dam Seo TKO (elbow and punches) Top FC 15 July 22, 2017 2 1:35 Seoul, South Korea Won the vacant Top FC Strawweight Championship.
Win 13–1 Aline Sattelmayer Decision (unanimous) Kunlun Fight MMA 12 June 1, 2017 3 5:00 Yantai, China Defended the KLF Strawweight Championship.
Win 12–1 Simone Duarte TKO (punches) Kunlun Fight MMA 11 May 25, 2017 1 2:29 Jining, China Won the KLF Strawweight Championship.
Win 11–1 Nayara Hemily Submission (guillotine choke) Kunlun Fight MMA 9 February 25, 2017 1 0:41 Sanya, China
Win 10–1 Veronica Grenno TKO (knees to the body) Kunlun Fight MMA 8 January 2, 2017 1 1:50 Sanya, China
Win 9–1 Karla Benitez KO (punch) Kunlun Fight MMA 7 December 15, 2016 1 2:15 Beijing, China
Win 8–1 Maira Mazar Submission (rear-naked choke) Kunlun Fight 53 September 24, 2016 1 4:11 Beijing, China
Win 7–1 Emi Fujino TKO (doctor stoppage) Kunlun Fight 49 August 7, 2016 2 2:51 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–1 Liliya Kazak KO (head kick) Kunlun Fight 47 July 10, 2016 2 4:13 Nanjing, China
Win 5–1 Alice Ardelean Submission (rear-naked choke) Kunlun Fight MMA 5 / Top FC 11 May 22, 2016 2 4:41 Seoul, South Korea
Win 4–1 Svetlana Gotsyk TKO (punches) Kunlun Fight 38 / Super Muaythai 2016 February 21, 2016 2 2;29 Pattaya, Thailand Strawweight debut.
Win 3–1 Samantha Jean-Francois TKO (punches) Kunlun Fight 35 December 19, 2015 1 3:37 Luoyang, China
Win 2–1 Mei Huang Submission (rear-naked choke) Chinese Kung Fu Championships October 27, 2014 1 0:40 China Catchweight (132 lbs) bout.
Win 1–1 Shuxia Wu Submission (armbar) Chinese Kung Fu Championships April 17, 2014 1 1:56 China Catchweight (132 lbs) bout.
Loss 0–1 Meng Bo Decision (unanimous) China MMA League November 9, 2013 2 5:00 Xuchang, China

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Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
3 matches 2 wins 1 loss
By decision 2 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Guan Acui Decision Kunlun Fight 68 December 17, 2017 3 3:00 China Zunyi, China tournament final[18]
Win 2–0 Xu Yi Decision Kunlun Fight 68 December 17, 2017 3 3:00 China Zunyi, China tournament semifinal
Win 1–0 Elaine Lopes Decision Kunlun Fight 68 December 17, 2017 3 3:00 China Zunyi, China tournament quarterfinal

[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Weili Zhang Official - UFC Profile". UFC.com. Archived from the original on October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Weili Zhang | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  3. ^ admin (2018-08-04). "Interview: Kang Kyung Ho, Zhang Weili talk about fighting at UFC 227". MMA India. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  4. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE | Weili Zhang: Remember the name". www.bjpenn.com. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  5. ^ Guilherme Cruz (September 2, 2019). "Coach expects long reign for Weili Zhang after impressive UFC title win". mmafighting.com.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Weili Zhang". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  7. ^ a b "Zhang Weili named China's first UFC champion after defeating Jessica Andrade in just 42 seconds". CNN. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Interview: Kang Kyung Ho, Zhang Weili talk about fighting at UFC 227". MMA India. 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  9. ^ "Here are 4 new bouts added to UFC 227 at Staples Center". Press Enterprise. 2018-05-08. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  10. ^ "UFC 227 results: Weili Zhang wins 17th straight, outpoints gritty Danielle Taylor". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  11. ^ "Jessica Aguilar to Face Weili Zhang at UFC Fight Night Beijing on Nov. 24". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 141 play-by-play and live results". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  13. ^ Doyle, Dave (2018-11-29). "Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang set for UFC 235". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  14. ^ "UFC 235 results: Weili Zhang shuts down Tecia Torres for 19th straight win". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-03. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  15. ^ Redactie (2019-06-19). "Jessica Andrade defends title against Weili Zhang during UFC Shenzhen's Main Event". mmadna.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  16. ^ a b McClory, Mike (2019-08-31). "UFC Shenzhen Results: Weili Zhang Shocks With Quick TKO of Andrade, Becomes First Chinese UFC Champ". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  17. ^ a b "UFC on ESPN+ 15 bonuses: Weili Zhang, Li Jingliang get no-brainer $50,000 checks". mmajunkie.com. 2019-08-03. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  18. ^ "Kunlun Fight 68 Fight Card: Heavyweight and Mulan Legend Tournaments - LiverKick". 28 November 2017.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Jéssica Andrade
5th UFC Women's Strawweight Champion
August 31, 2019 – present
Incumbent