Following his impressive 30-second submission victory over New Zealand Welterweight Champion Daniel Digby at Legend Fighting Championship 2 in June, China’s Zhang Tiequan was signed to the US-based WEC, the UFC’s sister organization. It has now been confirmed that Zhang will be fighting at WEC 51, scheduled for Thursday, September 30, in Colorado.
The WEC focuses on fighters in the 61-, 66-, and 70-kilogram weight divisions. Although Zhang’s Legend 2 victory against Digby was in the 77-kilogram welterweight division, he will be dropping to 70 kilograms for his WEC debut. His opponent will be the aggressive striking specialist Alex Karalexis. A native of Boston, Karalexis is best known for his appearance as a competitor on the inaugural season of the US television show “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Zhang’s prowess as a submission artist may be the perfect counter for Karalexis’ stand-up brawling style, and Chinese MMA fans will be giving their full support to Zhang in his WEC debut. Legend is proud to be the Asia-Pacific tournament where China's best fighters choose to compete, and we wish Zhang the best and hope that his success will bring more fans and fighters to the world’s fastest growing and most exciting sport, MMA.