Zhang’s Visa Denied, Presidential Candidate Offers To Help
Since beating Jessica Andrade for the UFC Strawweight Championship, the UFC is looking to turn Weili Zhang into an international star. Already a huge name in China, Zhang (20-1) is hoping to make that same impression inside the United States. Unfortunately, it is taking longer than expected.
The 30-year-old announced that she has been unable to get a visa to the United States. Following multiple attempts, Zhang was once again recently denied one. She discussed the issue on her Instagram page this past week.
“My American visa was refused again,” Zhang stated. “I don’t know why. Is it the wrong type of visa I should apply for? Or because I’m a single woman? Or is the visa officer in a bad mood at work today? I hope this can be resolved so I can visit and get to meet some of my new friends and fans in America. We are still working on it and hope to have good news in time for me to make the trip on Oct 15th.”
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My American visa was refused again. I don't know why. Is it the wrong type of visa I should apply for? Or because I'm a single woman? Or is the visa officer in a bad mood at work today? I hope this can be resolved so I can visit and get to meet some of my new friends and fans in America. We are still working on it and hope to have good news in time for me to make the trip on Oct 15th 🙏🏼 🇺🇸 🇨🇳 ✌🏼
Zhang’s hopeful United States journey comes at a time in which Dana White has been adamant about her defending her title within the country, With a lot of money coming from broadcasting fees from China, having Zhang in the United States could mean a huge growth in revenue.
In the midst of an election, Zhang’s post was noticed by Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. Representative of Hawaii’s 2nd district. The Democratic presidential candidate reached out in order to attempt to get Zhang clearance to travel.
“Wow!” Zhang wrote in her initial Instragram post. “I just received news from my manager that miss @tulsigabbard contacted him to try and help us. Thank you thank you miss Tulsi”
In a post by Brian Butler, Zhang’s manager, Gabbard stated the following:
“We need more ties and partnerships between our two countries in spite of the differences. MMA is an amazing way to do that.”
The UFC legal team is also looking for ways to help Zhang out, as they are hoping to have her for a media tour in the United States.