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MMA SQUARED: Seismic shift as Weili Zhang becomes the first ever Chinese UFC champion

There’s only one thing that merits this kind of superlative in Zuffa Headquarters.

Chris Rini, MMA Squared, Weili Zhang, Chinese UFC Champion, UFC, ESPN, One Championship, Thug Rose Namajunas, Jo Jo Calderwood, Tatiana Suarez, Women’s Strawweight Chris Rini
Chris Rini, MMA Squared, Weili Zhang, Chinese UFC Champion, UFC, ESPN, One Championship, Thug Rose Namajunas, Jo Jo Calderwood, Tatiana Suarez, Women’s Strawweight Chris Rini

With each punch, elbow, and knee, money started tumbling into the minds of UFC executives and columns written by MMA media members. Have you noticed the talk of how significant the population of China factored into those theories? ONE Championship has used the same sales pitch so I’m going to watch closely before passing judgement. Maybe we’re entering a sea change, maybe not. The upside is that there’s a possibility that the next title challenger can be anyone; Thug Rose, Joanna (former) Champion, Tatiana Suarez... strawweight is in for a wild ride.

Take care of yourself and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

Chris