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Zhang, Namajunas and a political controversy that affected

The fight between Weili Zhang and Rose Namajunas got very hot. "Better dead than red," said the applicant in the preview. The champion took it p


The fight between Weili Zhang and Rose Namajunas got very hot. “Better dead than red,” said the applicant in the preview. The champion took it personally and the tension grew. Finally, in the Octagon, Rose achieved the strawweight belt after brutally knocking out the former champion. Zhang was coming off a 21-game winning streak (he lost only on his debut) and no one expected the end to be that quick. Despite that speed, the previous morbidity and the Chinese curriculum made the revenge was immediate. It was logical and the public wanted it.

The UFC returned to Madison Square Garden after the pandemic and for that arena they always put up very hot fights. The rematch between Rose and Weili must have been there and it is. This Saturday both will collide in the co-star lawsuit. The first thing is to know what happened in April. Zhang is clear about it. “I think it affected me. With his comments he managed to get the audience to boo me. I think that was my problem. It should have been focused on the fight and not the audience. His comments crossed the line. I don’t think mixing sport and politics is good, “the former champion said in the preview.

Once the controversy is closed, Zhang warns that he has many news for this lawsuit. Rose, however, doesn’t think it’s something she should be concerned about. “I don’t give it too much importance. I just know that he has to be thinking hard. I think something is expected to change, obviously last time it didn’t work out. I’m sure she will be highly motivated and ready to go.“, says the champion. Outside of statements, the fight is again 50-50 (the champion is slightly favorite for having the belt). Both have great striking (Namajunas is considered the best female boxer in the UFC), and perhaps that’s where the fight goes. Zhang must be careful not to take cold blows, she is good at fighting, but there Rose stands out (she has a 55% victory by submission). It is a very even lawsuit in which any small factor can be key. The public? It can be decisive again. The details will make the difference in the most anticipated rematch at the Garden.