WEC signs first Chinese fighter, Tiequan Zhang, debuts September 30th

World Extreme Cagefighting announced today the signing of undefeated lightweight fighter Tiequan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang of Beijing, China. Zhang, the first fighter from mainland China to fight in the WEC, was set to face “The Ultimate Fighter” alum Alex Karalexis in his debut on Sept. 30 in Broomfield, Colorado before Karalexis was replaced with promotional newcomer, Jason Reinhardt. The reason for Karalexis’ withdrawal has not been revealed and Reinhardt has quickly stepped in on less than a month’s notice.

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.

WEC General Manager, Reed Harris said:

“Tiequan is an excellent addition to our lightweight division. 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.”

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