The champ may move up a weight class for her next fight, as Zhang would like a bout against UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko.
“I definitely want to fight the best of the best, and I think Valentina is the best among the female athletes, so that’s why I want to fight her,” Weili Zhang said backstage at UFC Fight Night Boston (via Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com). “For my own division, Rose [Namajunas] is a very good fighter and I respect her a lot. But if the UFC wants me to fight Joanna, no problem. I can definitely beat her.”
There has been no comment yet from Shevchenko as to Zheng’s aspirations, as she last competed in the main event of UFC Fight Night Uruguay.
Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has called out Zhang, but Zhang doesn’t seem too threatened by that challenge.
“Definitely it was a good fight (at UFC Fight Night Tampa), but you can see Joanna has a lack of finishing power,” she said. “I don’t think Joanna now is the Joanna she used to be when she was champion, so I have a lot of stuff that can finish her.”
If Zhang gets the bout against Shevchenko and wins the title, it would make her the second woman in UFC history to win two titles in two different weight classes.