Zhang Officially Receives U.S. Visa
Following a long process that resulted in more questions than answers, UFC Strawweight Champion Weili Zhang has been granted a visa to enter the United States.
Along with Yan Xiaonan and Li Jingliang, Zhang (20-1) left Beijing for Thailand during the time the coronavirus was spreading across China. She continued her camp there, waiting to enter the United States for her fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248. Zhang’s jiu-jitsu coach Pedro Jordao stated the fighter finally received her visa, according to MMA Fighting.
Zhang waited about eleven days in Abu Dhabi before getting the news. She sent a message on the microblogging site Weibo regarding her status.
“I got the visa and now I got the go ahead to fight,” Zhang stated, via the South China Morning Post. “To be honest, it was not easy [obtaining the visa]. The fight wasn’t going to happen unless I got a visa. Now I got it and I have fire in my belly and I can start losing weight. See you in the United States. Add oil [come on],” the 30-year-old fighter wrote on Weibo.”
According to CNN, over 75,000 people have been infected with the virus, with over 2,000 deaths reported.
A while back, Zhang was previously denied a visa to enter the United States. Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard ended up reaching out in order for Zhang to get clearance to travel. The two have trained together before.
Dana White and the UFC are currently taking precautions to make sure everyone participating in the event is safe, sound and healthy. UFC 248 takes place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 7. The main event is Israel Adesanya defending his UFC Middleweight Championship against Yoel Romero.