Coming off her huge win less than a week ago over Jessica Aguilar, Weili Zhang has been given a big step up in competition when she faces off against top ranked Tecia Torres.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship posted on social media Thursday night that at strawweight, Torres (10-3) will face off against the surging Zhang (18-1) at UFC 235 in Las Vegas in March.
Torres is looking to bounce back from a two-fight losing streak with decision losses to Jessica Andrade and former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She started off her career with wins over Paige VanZant, Felice Herrig and current strawweight champion Rose Namajunas before signing with the UFC, where she then defeated the likes of Juliana Lima and Michelle Waterson. Torres has gone to the scorecards in 12 of her 13 career bouts, and she has never been finished.
Facing off against “The Tiny Tornado” will be Zhang, who is currently riding a massive 18-fight win streak -- 16 by stoppage -- with a finish rate of about 89%. Born three days apart, the two had drastically different career trajectories that led them to this point. Torres got her start in Invicta FC while Zhang competed mostly in Kunlun Fight prior to them each joining the UFC, with the latter competing six times in 2016 and seven in 2017 before getting her call to the UFC.
UFC 235 will take place in Las Vegas, NV at the T-Mobile Arena on Mar. 2, 2019. No other matchups have been announced for this event yet.