World Extreme Cagefighting announced today the signing of undefeated lightweight fighter Tiequan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang of Beijing, China. Zhang, who will take on The Ultimate Fighter alum Alex Karalexis in his debut on September 30th in Broomfield, Colorado, becomes the first fighter from mainland China to fight in the WEC.
“Tiequan is an excellent addition to our lightweight division,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris said. “He trains at a tremendous camp in Beijing and we are excited to have him compete with the best lighter weight fighters in the world.”
Boasting a perfect record of 16-0, Zhang trains with China Top Team, a group led by former Brazilian Top Team member Ruy Menezes. His arrival in the WEC is a milestone not only for the organization, but also for Chinese mixed martial artists.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship recently announced that it was establishing operations in Asia, with former NBA executive Mark Fischer being named Executive Vice President and Managing Director. Fischer will be based in Beijing.