Dana White confirms first UFC 300 title battle

April’s UFC 300 card continues to relate shape, even though it peaceable lacking a ‘blockbuster’ predominant occasion.

The UFC’s females’s strawweight champion, Zhang Weili, will defend her world title towards compatriot Yan Xiaonan on the April 13 card scheduled for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, as confirmed by UFC CEO Dana White on social media overnight. It is a long way the predominant world title battle in UFC historical previous to feature two Chinese language opponents.

Zhang (pictured above) has posted a 24-3 occupation legend in her mixed martial arts occupation, along with her handiest defeats within the previous 11 years coming towards former champ Rose Namajunas in support-to-support fights in 2021 all the strategy through which she lost — after which didn’t glean — the title. Following Namajunas’ loss to Carla Esparza, Zhang obtained the title for a second time with a second-spherical rear-naked choke make a selection towards Esparza at the UFC 281 card in Sleek York Metropolis in November 2022. Since then, she has scored one defence of her crown: a unanimous decision victory over Amanda Lemos this previous August.

Yan, by comparison, is 17-3 in her overall occupation and eight-2 within the UFC since coming into the organisation in November 2017. She has most now no longer too lengthy ago earned successive wins towards Jessica Andrade and Mackenzie Dern to living herself in title contention.

“This battle has badass written all the strategy through it,” White said on social media as he offered the battle.

The Zhang vs. Yan title battle is the most modern bout to contain been offered for the UFC’s bumper card in April. It follows a featherweight battle between Aljamain Sterling and Calvin Kattar, a 205-pound contest between Jiri Prochazka and Aleksandar Rakic, Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan and Bo Nickal towards Cody Brundage.

White also said that “a minimal of” two extra battle bulletins are expected to be confirmed on Thursday.

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