“Many People Had You Winning the First 3 Rounds” – Henry Cejudo Praises Zhang Weili for Her Performance Against Rose Namajunas

Published 11/09/2021, 11:55 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Zhang Weili of China prepares to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland in their UFC strawweight championship fight during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 268 witnessed the second fight between Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili. Unfortunately, Weili lost against Namajunas once again. However, several people agree that Weili’s performance was exceptionally good this time. It was a very close fight. 

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After tasting defeat during her first fight against Namajunas, Weili made several changes to her strategy and game plan. She made sure that she was well-prepared for her second bout. She even shifted her training camp to the USA and trained with former UFC champion Henry Cejudo. 

SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 31: Zhang Weili of China prepares to fight Jessica Andrade of Brazil in their UFC strawweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on August 31, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages

While Namajunas still won the bout, many fans feel that Weili should have won. However, it is the judge’s decision that ultimately decides the winner. Namajunas won through a split decision. 

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Henry Cejudo praises Zhang Weili

Zhang Weili’s performance seems to have impressed her coach, Henry Cejudo. He took to Twitter to praise her improvement. He wrote, “In a 8 week camp you made tremendous growth. Many people had you winning the first 3 rounds of the fight but at the end of the day, the 3 judges is what matters. It’s been a honor to work with you champion and I know it’s only the beginning of Weili 2.0. China will rise again.”

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Weili looked great in the fight and fans could see a lot of improvement. Therefore, it might be a good idea for Weili to continue training alongside Henry Cejudo and sharpen her skills; especially since Weili is interested in a trilogy fight against the American fighter.

Zhang Weili is an incredibly skilled athlete and has experienced only 3 losses in her entire MMA career. ‘Magnum’ has already lost twice against Namajunas. Hence, ‘Thug’ stands as a huge roadblock on Weili’s path to the top. If Weili wants to occupy the strawweight title once again, she will have to think of ways to defeat Namajunas.

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Do you think Rose Namajunas’ win over Zhang Weili was a fair one? Should Weili continue training with Cejudo? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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