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Zhang Weili


ABOUT
Zhang Weili

Full NameZhang Weili

BornAugust 13, 1989

Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)

NationalityChinese

ABOUT

Zhang "Magnum" Weili is a former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 21 wins and 3 losses. Weili is currently ranked #1 in the UFC Women's Strawweight Rankings and #4 in the UFC Women's pound-for-pound rankings. Zhang holds the distinction of being the first UFC Champion from China.


  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Zhang Weili UFC
  3. Zhang Weili vs Rose Namajunas
  4. Zhang Weili vs Rose Namajunas 2
  5. Zhang Weili Career Stats
  6. Zhang Weili Last Fight
  7. Zhang Weili Record


credit: UFC


Early Life and Career


Zhang began her martial arts journey at the age of 6 when she started Shaolin Kung Fu. At age 12, she started training in Sanda and a Shuai Jiao (Chinese wrestling). She was a multiple-time Sanda champion in Hebei province before quitting and moving to Beijing at age 17.


At age 20, she joined a Beijing Gym as a fitness instructor and got introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2012 she joined the Black Tiger Fight Club and began her MMA training. Weili made her professional debut in November 2013 against Meng Bo at the China MMA League. She would lose the fight via unanimous decision.


She would bounce back from the loss and go on a 7-fight win streak before getting a title shot at the vacant Kunlun Fighting Strawweight Championship against Maíra Mazar at Kunlun Fight 53. She won the fight in the first round by rear-naked-choke submission.


She would continue her dominating run and amass a record of 14-wins and one loss before getting a title shot at the vacant Top Fc Strawweight Championship at Top FC 15. She defeated Ye Dam Seo via TKO(elbow and punches). Zhang would join the UFC in 2018 with a professional record of 16 wins and 1 loss.


Zhang Weili UFC


Weili made her UFC debut in 2018 at the UFC 227 against Danielle Taylor that she won via Unanimous Decision. She would follow this up with victories over Jessica Aguilar and Tecia Torres before getting a title shot against Jessica Andrade for the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship at UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang that was held in China.


Zhang TKO'ed Andrade in the first round to become the new UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. Zhang would then defend her title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a close split decision victory at UFC 248. Zhang would lose her belt in her next title defense at Rose Namajunas at UFC 261. She would get Ko'ed in the first round to lose the championship.


Zhang Weili vs Rose Namajunas


Zhang Weili fought Rose Namajunas at UFC 261 for the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. The bout ended in the first round with the betting underdog Rose hitting Zhang with a clean head kick to KO the champion and end her 5-fight undefeated streak in the UFC



UFC 261: Usman v Masvidal 2


Zhang Weili vs Rose Namajunas 2


Zhang Weili rematched Rose Namajunas for the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship at UFC 268. Weili showed the benefits of training with Henry Cejudo as she managed to outwrestle Rose and score a takedown 3-times to secure the early rounds for herself.


However, her cardio began to wear off in round-4 and round-5 due to the excessive energy she used to ground Namajunas. This would be Zhang's downfall as she failed to match Rose in the later stage of the fight. In the end, the fight went to the judge's scorecard. Zhang lost the fight via a close split decision that could have gone either way.


UFC 268: Usman v Covington 2


Zhang Weili Career Stats


Current Status:

Zhang Weili's current record stands at 21-3. She is currently on a 2-fight losing streak.


Win-Loss-Draw:

MatchesWinsLossesDraws
232130

Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 10


Wins by Submission:

  1. 7


Wins by Decision:

  1. 4


Current Titles:

  1. None


Reach:

  1. 71 in (180cm)


Weight:

  1. 115 lb / 52 kg


Weight Class:

  1. Strawweight



Zhang Weili Last Fight


Zhang Weili's last fight was against Rose Namajunas at UFC 268 for the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Weili lost the fight via split decision.


Zhang Weili Record


Below is the professional MMA record of Zhang Weili:


ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDate
Loss21-3Rose NamajunasDecision (split)UFC 26806/11/2021
Loss21-2Rose NamajunasKO (Head Kick)UFC 26124/04/2021
Win21-1Joanna JędrzejczykDecision (split)UFC 24807/03/2020
Win20-1Jéssica AndradeTKO (knees and punches)UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang31/08/2019
Win19-1Tecia TorresDecision (unanimous)UFC 23502/03/2019
Win18-1Jessica AguilarSubmission (armbar)UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 224/11/2018
Win17-1Danielle TaylorDecision (unanimous)UFC 22704/08/2018
Win16-1Bianca SattelmayeSubmission (armbar)Kunlun Fight MMA 1503/10/2017
Win15-1Marilia SantosTKO (elbows)Kunlun Fight MMA 1428/08/2017
Win14-1Ye Dam SeoTKO (elbow and punches)Top FC 1522/07/2017
Win13-1Aline SattelmayerDecision (unanimous)Kunlun Fight MMA 1201/06/2017
Win12-1Simone DuarteTKO (punches)Kunlun Fight MMA 1125/05/2017
Win11-1Nayara HemilySubmission (guillotine choke)Kunlun Fight MMA 925/02/2017
Win10-1Veronica GrennoTKO (knees to the body)Kunlun Fight MMA 801/02/2017
Win9-1Veronica GrennoKO (punch)Kunlun Fight MMA 715/12/2016
Win8-1Karla BenitezSubmission (rear-naked choke)Kunlun Fight 5324/09/2016
Win7-1Emi FujinoTKO (doctor stoppage)Kunlun Fight 4907/08/2016
Win6-1Liliya KazakKO (head kick)Kunlun Fight: Kunlun Fight 4710/072016
Win5-1Alice ArdeleanSubmission (rear-naked choke)Top FC 11: Top FC vs. Kunlun Fight22/05/2016
Win4-1Svetlana GotsykTKO (punches)Kunlun Fight 38: Clash of Titans 21/02/2016
Win3-1Samantha Jean-FrancoisTKO (punches)Kunlun Fight 35: World Tour19/12/2015
Win2-1Mei HuangSubmission (rear-naked choke)CKFC: Chinese Kung Fu Championships27/10/2014
Win1-1Shuxia WuSubmission (armbar)CKFC: Chinese Kung Fu Championships17/04/2017
Loss0-1Meng BoDecision (unanimous)China MMA League09/11/2013


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