WEC Signs First Fighter from Mainland China

Joshua WoodCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2010

Today the WEC announced the signing of undefeated lightweight fighter, Tiequan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang (16-0). Zhang trains at China Top Team in Beijing, China with former Brazilian Top Team member Ruy Menezes. This marks the first fighter out of mainland China to sign with the WEC, a big step for not only the promotion but for Chinese MMA as well.

The WEC and Zhang are not wasting anytime either as he’ll make his WEC debut at WEC 51 on Sept. 30 in Broomfield, Colorado against Alex Karalexis (10-5). With seven fights in the WEC and three in the UFC, Karalexis is a very solid first fight in the states for Zhang.

Zhang is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt but also has a background in Sanshou, wrestling that gives him a well-rounded skill set. Karalexis has a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing, so this fight should be competitive whether on their feet or on the ground.

WEC 51 features a featherweight champion bout between Jose Aldo and Manny Gamburyan as the night main event. The rumored card so far looks to be one of the year’s most stacked WEC cards with names like Miguel Torres, Jamie Varner, and Donald Cerrone.

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