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Women's Strawweight Division

#2 PFP


Title Holder


Zhang Weili

Women's Strawweight Division

25-3-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Zhang Weili

athlete record


Learn more about Zhang Weili's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Hebei, China
Fighting style
Muay Thai
Octagon Debut
Aug. 4, 2018
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2013

  • 11 wins by KO, eight by submission (3 Armbar, 4 RNC, guillotine)

  • Has won 25 of her last 27 and four in a row

  • Lost pro debut, 25-2 since

  • Eleven first round finishes

  • First Chinese fighter to win a UFC title

UFC 300 (4/13/24) Zhang won a five round unanimous decision over Yan Xiaonan to retain her UFC women's strawweight title 

UFC 292 (8/19/23) Zhang won a five round unanimous decision over Amanda Lemos to retain her UFC women's strawweight title 

UFC 281 (11/12/22) Zhang submitted Carla Esparza via rear naked choke at 1:05 of the second round to regain the UFC strawweight title

UFC 275 (6/11/22) Zhang knocked out Joanna Jedrzejczyk at 2:28 of the second round

UFC 268 (11/6/21) Zhang lost a five-round split decision to Rose Namajunas

UFC 261 (4/24/21) Zhang was knocked out by Rose Namajunas at 1:18 of the first round, losing her UFC strawweight title

UFC 248 (3/7/20) Zhang won a five round split decision over Joanna Jedrzejczyk to retain the UFC women’s strawweight title

UFC Fight Night (8/31/19) Zhang stopped Jessica Andrade via strikes at :42 of the first round to win the UFC women’s strawweight title

UFC 235 (3/2/19) Zhang won a three round unanimous decision over Tecia Torres

UFC Fight Night (11/24/18) Zhang submitted Jessica Aguilar via armbar at 3:41 of the first round

UFC 227 (8/4/18) Zhang won a three round unanimous decision over Danielle Taylor

TRAINING: 6k run in the morning and then standup technique training. Jiu-jitsu, physical conditioning, wrestling, MMA at night.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I have been a Sanda athlete and have been training in Sanda until I found MMA. MMA rules really made my dreams possible, and at that moment, I said to myself, “UFC, I am coming.”

Do you have any heroes? My father

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is a dream realized and a new beginning. This is a step closer to my goal. I still remember that on February 23, 2013, UFC 157’s main event was with Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. This was the battle that showed that the world’s largest fighting organization was officially open to women. Since then, I hoped that I could stand here and become the best among them and realize the ultimate dream in every athlete’s heart – the gold championship belt.

What was your job before you started fighting? Sanda athlete, fitness instructor

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple belt in jiu-jitsu