Chinese UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili successfully went from her home country to Thailand a weekend ago, as per sources near the situation.
Zhang (20-1) is planned to make her initial 115-pound title defense against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 on March 7 in Las Vegas. She normally prepares out of Beijing, however, evacuated her camp because of worries over the coronavirus outbreak, which has contaminated more than 20,000 in China.
Zhang is at present getting ready for her title battle at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand. UFC president Dana White told ESPN there is no worry right now Zhang will pull back from the session.
“It’s been good for us so far,” White said on the status of the UFC’s Chinese athletes. “Nobody is sick. Nobody is hurt. That’s No. 1 — not any of our employees, staff or fighters. And No. 2, Weili Zhang is training in Thailand for this fight. She’s over at Tiger Muay Thai. She’s not even in China.”
Updates on Zhang’s move was first revealed by MMAFighting, which likewise announced Chinese warriors Li Jingliang and Yan Xiaonan have left the nation of China too.
Weili is the first UFC champion to leave China. She was born in the Hebei area.
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