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China’s Weili Zhang is new UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion, knocks out Jessica Andrade in 42 seconds in Shenzhen

Fighting out of Beijing, China, “Magnum” Zhang Weili, 30, made history on August 31, 2019 by emerging as the winner in the main event of “UFC Fight Night 157.” She became the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first ever champion of Chinese descent.

The UFC held “UFC Fight Night 157″ at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. In the main event of the evening, Zhang challenged then reigning UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, 27, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Leon Roberts as the referee.

It only took Zhang 42 seconds to dethrone Andrade. Roberts put a stop to the title bout when the Chinese challenge knocked out the Brazilian defending champion via knees and punches in the first minute of the first round.

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 157″ improved the professional mixed martial arts record of Zhang to 20 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Andrade now has 20 wins and 7 losses.

Born in Hebei, China on August 13, 1989, Zhang trained Sanda, Shuai Jiao and Brazilian jiu-jitsu before transitioning to MMA. She made her professional MMA debut on November 9, 2013 in Xuchang, China where she lost to her countryman Bo Meng via unanimous decision.

Bo is the only MMA fighter to defeat Zhang in a professional bout. She competed in Kunlun Fight MMA before joining the UFC in 2018.

On August 4, 2018, Zhang made her UFC debut at “UFC 227” in Los Angeles, California, United States. She defeated Danielle “Dynamite” Taylor, 29, of the U.S. via unanimous decision.

For the second time, Zhang won in the UFC on November 24, 2018. She submitted Jessica “JAG” Aguilar,37, of the U.S. via armbar at “UFC Fight Night 141” in Beijing, China.

On March 2, 2019, Zhang earned her third UFC win. She defeated Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres, 29, of the U.S. via unanimous decision at “UFC 235” in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Zhang was the first challenger of Andrade as the reigning UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. The latter earned the title on May 11, 2019 at “UFC 237” in Rio de Janeiro by dethroning former champ Rose “Thug” Namajunas, 27, of the U.S. via knockout via slam.

Wining Performance of the Night, Zhang received a $50,000 bonus. Co-main event winner “The Leech” Li Jingliang, 31, of Xinjiang, China received the same recognition and bonus.

Check all the “UFC Fight Night 157” results here. Here are Zhang and Andrade in their respective post-fight interviews in the octagon:

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