The Ultimate Fighting Championship is back for the next 10 weekends in a row, which will carry the MMA calendar deep into the fall.

First up is a stop this Saturday to Shenzhen, China for UFC on ESPN+ 15. Due to the time difference between the United States Eastern Time Zone and China, it’s an early card.

The action begins with a seven-fight undercard on ESPN at 3 a.m. EDT, midnight PDT on Saturday morning, with the four-fight main card at 6 a.m. EDT, 3 a.m. PDT from the Universiade Sports Centre,

So, if you want to watch this card live, you have two options:

1. Go to bed early on Friday afternoon.

OR…

2. Don’t go to bed at all.

If, however, you prefer to get some shuteye and miss the card live early Saturday morning, ESPN+ will have the entirety of this event archived for on-demand streaming later on in the morning.

Highlighting the morning’s card is a fight for the UFC’s Strawweight division championship. Incumbent champion Jessica Andrade (20-6) will meet challenger and No. 6 contender Zhang Weili (19-1) in a five-round fight at five minutes per round.

Contender Comparison

Heading into Saturday morning’s title fight, challenger Zhang Weili is the taller contestant. She stands 5-foot-4, three inches taller than champion Jessica Andrade’s 5-foot-1 frame.

Champion Andrade has posted a 4-1 record in her last five UFC appearances and enters Saturday morning’s main event on a four-fight unbeaten streak. Most recently, she scored a second-round knockout due to a slam vs. Rose Namajunas during the UFC 237 main event on May 11 on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

As a result of her efforts, Jessica Andrade secured $100,000 in bonus money by winning the $50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus and the $50,000 Performance of the Night Bonus.

In the other corner, challenger Weili has gone 5-0 in her last five fights. Last time out, she defeated Tecia Torres via unanimous decision in UFC 235 on Mar. 2 on pay-per-view.

The Tale of the Tape

UFC.com shows that Zhang Weili owns a one-inch reach advantage (63 inches to 62 inches) and a three-quarter-inch leg reach advantage (36 inches even to 35.25 inches) over Jessica Andrade heading into the main event on Saturday.

Prediction: Zhang Weili by first-round knockout.

Other fights on Saturday morning’s main card

Li Jingliang (16-5) vs. No. 14 contender Elizeu dos Santos (21-5) [Welterweight, co-main event]

No. 10 contender Kai Kara-France (19-7) vs. No. 14 contender Mark de la Rosa (11-2) [Flyweight]

Song Kenan (14-5) vs. Derrick Krantz (24-11) [Welterweight]

Movlar Evloev’s fight vs. Zhenhong Lu was canceled due to the latter suffering a cut during training camp.

Wu Yanan (10-2) vs. Mizuki Inoue (13-5, UFC debut) [Women’s Flyweight]

UFC on ESPN+ 15 at a Glance

Prelims: Saturday, 3 a.m. EDT, midnight PDT, ESPN

Main Card: Saturday, 6 a.m. EDT, 3 a.m. PDT, ESPN+

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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