Zhang Weili Becomes First-Ever Chinese UFC Champion After Winning Bout in 42 Seconds

Zhang Weili took just 42 seconds to become China's first ever UFC champion

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7:39 AM HKT, Sun September 1, 2019

The home crowd had plenty to cheer about at UFC Shenzhen tonight, as Zhang Weili took just 42 seconds to become China’s first ever UFC champion. Zhang took the strawweight title from Brazilian Jessica Andrade in what was only the third UFC event to take place in mainland China.

“Thank you, everyone. My name is Zhang Weili, I’m from China! Remember me!” the fighter declared after her win. And it seems unlikely that MMA fans will forget her lightning-quick victory.

The co-main event featuring Li Jingliang also saw celebrations from the Chinese crowd as the fighter notched up a major win over Elizeu Zaleski. That bout lasted just under 5 minutes and saw Li pick up a “performance of the night” bonus along with Zhang.

You can read more about Zhang Weili and her background in our profile of her here:

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Matthew Bossons
Nov 14, 2022
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