REPORT: Jessica Andrade vs. Weili Zhang targeted for China

Robert Vallejos, MMATorch Managing Editor

Jessica Andrade vs. Angelia Hill (photo credit Mark J. Rebilas © USA Today)

ESPN is reporting that the UFC is close to finalizing a strawweight title fight between champion Jessica Andrade and Weili Zhang for Aug. 31 in China.

After a weekend of debating weather Tatiana Suarez or Michelle Waterson would challenge  Jessica Andrade for UFC’s  strawweight title, it appears that the answer is Weili Zhang.

According to a report by ESPN, the UFC is close to finalizing a strawweight title fight between Andrade and Zhang at UFC on ESPN+ 15 on Aug. 31 at Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

Prior to this report, Michelle Waterson made her case to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that she should receive a shot at Andrade, despite UFC president Dana White dismissing Waterson as an immediate challenger.

The discussion arose, after strawweight contender Tatiana Suarez defeated Nina Ansaroff at UFC 238.

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Zhang holds a 19-1 overall record with a 3-0 UFC record, she  is currently ranked #6 in the UFC’s official stawweight rankings. With her most recent win, coming over Tecia Torres at UFC 235 in March.

Andrade recent captured the strawweight title after a stunning KO victory via slam over Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 in May.

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