Zhang Returns To China Following Classic UFC 248 Bout
One of the top champions in the UFC is finally heading back home.
After spending more than a month in the United States following UFC 248, UFC Strawweight Champion Weili Zhang has made her journey to China. According to ESPN, Zhang and the rest of her team (translator and trainer) were able to successfully make it back to her home country. This was able to be done in the wake of the coronavirus.
Before the event, Zhang had to end camp early in China due to the virus, which initially started in the area. Looking for a visa into the United States, her team attempted to contact Tulsi Gabbard, who has offered to help in the past. Zhang was then able to receive a visa to enter U.S. soil after spending time in Abu Dhabi.
Zhang then beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a Fight of the Year contender. To minimize the risk of traveling from location to location after the fight, Zhang remained in Las Vegas for six weeks. Staying in a rented home, Zhang has been able to train by herself to follow social distancing guidelines. During this time was the height of the virus. According to John Hopkins University, China has over 83,868 cases of the virus, while the United States has over 834,858 cases.
It is unknown when Zhang will fight again now that she has returned to China. The UFC will continue to attempt to hold events during the pandemic, with “Fight Island” a possibility.