The UFC will return to China on December 9th for a Fight Night card. The main event is currently unconfirmed, as is the city in China, per AgFight via Twitter.
It has been over four years since the UFC has been to China, with the last card being a Fight Night card headlined by Jessica Andrade and Zhang Weili, which took place in the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena. In this bout, Weili emphatically stopped Andrade in just forty-two seconds to claim the Women's Strawweight title, and despite losing it to Rose Namajunas in 2021, she has reclaimed it and still holds it to this day. Other fighters featured on the last UFC China card include Li Jingliang, Damir Ismagulov, and Kai Kara-France.
There is currently just one official fight for the UFC China card, a matchup between UFC debutants Zhang Mingyang and Brendson Ribeiro which takes place in the Light-Heavyweight division. Zhang Mingyang is riding a nine-fight win streak and was scheduled to face Tyson Pedro at UFC 284, but Mingyang withdrew due to an undisclosed injury. Brendson Ribeiro is coming off a first-round TKO on Dana White's Contender Series, where he was awarded a contract.
Although unofficial, many speculate this card to be headlined by the reigning Women's Strawweight Champion Zhang Weili, who's riding back-to-back victories against Carla Esparza and Amanda Lemos. Her opponent will be Yan Xionan, who's riding a two-fight win streak, including a shocking upset KO against Jessica Andrade. This bout will be an all-Chinese main event, the first in UFC history.
We'll keep you updated on the state of this card, including headliners and other bouts added to it. Who do you think should fight on the UFC China card? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know with a comment down below.