Rose Namajunas faces Weili Zhang at UFC 261 in one of three title fights. Leading up to fight week, Namajunas made some comments against Weili that were called anti-communist but Namajunas made it clear, Weili is just another opponent and there is no bad blood.
In an interview with TMZ where she talked about Ronda Rousey’s pregnancy announcement, Namajunas said, “There’s no story being built. Maybe the media has sort of twisted things but, all I was doing was referencing a documentary, and just talking about me and my internal battles and struggles that I have to go through every day. Weili’s just another opponent and all of my opponents are the person that’s standing in the way of my dreams.”
As far as the fight goes, Namajunas has the plan, the same plan she has for every opponent but believes she is bringing tools to this fight Weili has never seen before.
Namajunas said, “I think just my movement, the way that I move, the way that I think, and my fighting spirit. They’re all unique.” She added, “My game plan is the same every time. I go in there and punch their face, take their back, and choke them out. It may manifest differently each time, but that’s my goal and that’s what I’m focused on.”
Weili last fought at UFC 248 in what many are calling “fight of the year” from 2020. The date was March 7, just before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the sports world. It’s been more than a year since that fight so the time off could be a plus or minus for either of these ladies.
With three title fights on the card, it seems like there is no main, or co-main event but Namajunas and Weili face off just before the final fight of the night between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.
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