UFC Fight Night 157 took place yesterday in Shenzhen, China.
Fans witnessed history in the making, as Weili Zhang became the first Chinese mixed martial artist to claim a UFC championship. The way she beat Jessica Andrade left everybody scratching their heads, as UFC President Dana White said the following:
“Weili Zhang became a huge star tonight. Globally, not just here in China. Obviously the first-ever Chinese world champion. She’s still very fresh and young in her career. We’ll see what is in store for her, but she’s off to a good start.”
Not only Zhang took home the title, but she scored a “Performance of the Night” bonus that granted her with $50 000. The co-main event of the night between Li Jingliang and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos almost went the distance, but Jingliang had other plans. With just nine seconds left in the fight, Jingliang earned the TKO finish, earning him an additional $ 50 000.
“Fight of the Night” bonuses were given to Heili Alateng and Danaa Batgerel. Alateng defeated Batgerel via unanimous decision.