|Born||August 13, 1989|
Handan, Hebei, China
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||52 kg (115 lb; 8 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Style||Sanda, Shuai Jiao, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Beijing, China|
|Team||Black Tiger Fight Club|
|Teacher(s)||Xuejun Cai (MMA) |
Pedro Jordao (jiu-jitsu)
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Pedro Jordao|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Zhang Weili (Chinese: 张伟丽; born September 30, 1990), nickname Magnum, 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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
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.
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
UFC Strawweight Champion
Zhang faced Jéssica Andrade for the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship on August 31, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 15. She won the fight via first round technical knockout to become the new Strawweight champion. The win also earned Zhang her first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Kunlun Fight
- KLF Female Strawweight Champion (One time)
- Two title defenses
- Top Fighting Championship
- Top FC Strawweight Champion (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||20 wins||1 loss|
|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|
|Professional record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||2–1||Guan Acui||Decision||Kunlun Fight 68||December 17, 2017||3||3:00||Zunyi, China||tournament final|
|Win||2–0||Xu Yi||Decision||Kunlun Fight 68||December 17, 2017||3||3:00||Zunyi, China||tournament semifinal|
|Win||1–0||Elaine Lopes||Decision||Kunlun Fight 68||December 17, 2017||3||3:00||Zunyi, China||tournament quarterfinal|
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| 5th UFC Women's Strawweight Champion
August 31, 2019 – present