Na Liang is set to make her promotional debut in a strawweight bout against the returning Ariane Carnelossi on April 24th at UFC 261. The bout was first reported by MMA DNA.
Na Liang vs Ariane Carnelossi Set for UFC 261
Na Liang (15-4) was signed to the UFC back in January and will now make her promotional debut on April 24th against Carnelossi. She will one of three Chinese fighters competing on the card along with UFC strawweight champion Weili Zhang and Qileng Aori. The 24-year-old has spent the majority of her career competing under the organization WLF W.A.R.S., however, she does have one appearance in Bellator where she lost via Armbar submission to Juliana Velasquez.
Ariane Carnelossi (12-2, 0-1 UFC) is returning to fight in the UFC for the first time since her UFC debut TKO (Doctor’s stoppage) loss to Angela Hill. Before her promotional debut loss, she was riding a twelve-fight winning streak, with her sole loss coming in her professional debut to UFC starlet Amanda Ribas. Despite having not fought since September 2019, she was originally scheduled to face Mackenzie Dern in April 2020 although that bout was canceled due to the pandemic.
The strawweights will be looking to make a name for themselves as they collide at UFC 261 with both fighters looking to obtain their first victory inside the Octagon.
The location of UFC 261 has yet to been confirmed which at the moment is headlined by Valentina Shevchenko who will be defending her flyweight title against Jessica Andrade. The current line-up of UFC 261 is:
- Flyweight – Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade
- Strawweight – Weili Zhang vs Rose Namajunas
- Middleweight – Chris Weidman vs Uriah Hall
- Light Heavyweight – Anthony Smith vs Jimmy Crute
- Middleweight – Brendan Allen vs Karl Roberson
- Flyweight – Jeff Molina vs Qileng Aori
- Bantamweight – Johnny Munoz Jr. vs Mark Streigl
- Strawweight – Na Liang vs Ariane Carnelossi
- Featherweight – Danaa Batgerel vs Kevin Natividad
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