The coronavirus has been wreaking havoc throughout Zhang’s home country of China, but UFC President Dana White says that the co-main event of UFC 248 is in no danger due to the coronavirus.
“There’s literally no danger whatsoever,” White said at a recent media event (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “She’s training down in Thailand and obviously there’s some things going on. We want to make sure she’s safe. The second most infected place right now is Thailand. We’re moving her to Abu Dhabi to make sure everybody’s safe.”
A total of 637 people have died in China due to the coronavirus, while 31,000+ have been affected by the coronavirus according to MMA Fighting.
Zhang recently took to Instagram as well to provide an update on her training heading into UFC 248:
Goodbye Thailand, and hello Abu Dhabi. Everyone is trying the best to make my title defence fight happen. I'm on the flight to Abu Dhabi now, though just acclimatized the climate and training in Thailand. We're going to another country again. What a rush!#mma#wmm#ufc @pedrojordaobjj @suckerpunchent @rubenpayanjr @john_yodpetch @cai8005457
UFC 248 takes place on Saturday, March 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.