The UFC isn’t wasting any time giving Weili Zhang a major test in her home country.
The women’s strawweight prospect will take on veteran Jessica Aguilar at UFC Beijing on Nov. 24 in China, multiple sources confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday. Combate was the first to report the news.
Aguilar (20-6) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jodie Esquibel at UFC Boise in July. That was her first fight in more than a year and only second bout since 2015 due to injury. Aguilar, 36, was once considered the best women’s 115-pound fighter in the world and remains a stalwart near the top of the division.
Zhang (17-1) won her UFC debut over Danielle Taylor at UFC 227 last month. The Chinese striking specialist has not lost since her pro debut in 2013. Zhang, 29, has 15 wins via stoppage and is regarded as someone to watch in the strawweight division.
UFC Beijing is headlined by a heavyweight rematch between Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou.