When Is Zhang Weili’s Next Fight?

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China's Zhang Weili, left, fights Carla Esparza during the first round of a women's strawweight title bout in the UFC 281.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Nov 28, 2022, 7:18 PM
  • Zhang Weili recently regained her UFC Women's Strawweight Title.
  • No opponent is confirmed yet for Weili.

Zhang Weili officially became a two-time UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion after submitting Carla Esparza in November 2022 in the second round of their championship showdown. It was her seventh UFC career win since her promotional debut in August 2018. Also known as “Magnum,” Weili is a top name in BetMGM’s online sportsbook through the UFC odds.

But when will the Chinese MMA superstar go back into action to defend her championship belt? And who is her next opponent?

When Is Zhang Weili’s Next Fight?

The next fight and opponent for Zhang Weili is still to be confirmed, but in the post-fight interviews, Weili voiced her desire to headline a UFC pay-per-view event in China in 2023. If her wish is to be granted by the Las Vegas-based promotion, it will be the first major pay-per-view event in China, where billions are waiting for them.

As per Weili’s opponent, she leaves it out to the matchmakers to pick the next best challenger for her renewed title reign.

Zhang Weili MMA Record and Statistics

  • MMA record: 23-2
  • Wins by TKO/KO: 11
  • Wins by submission: 8
  • Wins by decision: 4
  • Striking accuracy: 48%
  • Significant strikes landed per minute: 5.79
  • Significant strikes absorbed: 4.06
  • Takedown average per 15 minutes: 1.97
  • Submission average per 15 minutes: 0.45
  • Significant strikes defense: 53%
  • Takedown defense: 67%
  • Knockdown average: 0.30
  • Average fight time: 11:02

Zhang Weili Notable Wins

Zhang Weili has seven of his nine UFC bouts, beating Danielle Taylor, Jessica Aguilar, Tecia Torres, Jessica Andrade, Joana Jedzejczyk (twice) and Carla Esparza. The lone opponent that Weili has yet to beat is Rose Namajunas, whom she lost twice, one via knockout and one via split decision.

Zhang Weili UFC Earnings

Zhang Weili’s total UFC earnings are around $1.8 million, with the biggest pay she received was during her title fight with Carla Esparza, where she took home $635,000. This cumulative salary of Weili is not inclusive of sponsor deals and any brand partnerships.

Zhang Weili Team and Corner

Zhang Weili’s preparation has two stages – during the start of her training camp, she spends her time in Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA in Phuket, Thailand, where coach George Hickman, Frank Hickman, Andrew Wood and Alex Schild oversee Weili’s preparation in Asia.

When the fight is fast approaching, Weili flies to Fight Ready Team in Arizona to finish her training camp under the guidance of her long-time BJJ coach Pedro Jordao and former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo. They are also part of her corner during fights.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.