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Midnight Mania! Weili Zhang attempting to leave China to finish training camp due to Coronavirus

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Since I can confirm that all our readers have access to the Internet, anyone clicking on this article is already at the very least aware of the Coronavirus that is burning through China. With a reported death toll well-above 200, much of Asia is in a panic. Flights to and from China are being cancelled (I re-booked a flight myself just hours ago!), and roughly the entire world is wrapped up in concern and fear of this potential pandemic.

There are consequences in the world of MMA as well. Just a few days ago, UFC Strawweight champion Weili Zhang’s manager, Brian Butler, stated that Zhang’s camp was going great and did not seem to anticipate any changes. Something has changed since then, as to avoid any potential clash with the virus, Zhang plans to head to Las Vegas quickly and finish her camp there.

“The UFC has been working hard to expedite getting Weili and her team here for precautionary reasons,” Butler told MMAFighting. “I have connected the UFC with Tulsi Gabbard again who has graciously trying to help push things forward.”

Hopefully, Zhang is able to figure out her visa situation quickly, otherwise she may find herself unable to leave China at all. Stay tuned for further updates on her title defense opposite Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which is scheduled for Sat., March 7, 2020 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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