Zhang Weili Details How Chris Weidman’s Leg Break Affected Her Performance Against Rose Namajunas at UFC 261

Published 08/18/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


Zhang Weili lost her strawweight title to Rose Namajunas at UFC 261, suffering a first-round T/KO loss. ‘Magnum’ has been a dominant force of nature since joining the UFC, and her incredible professional record is a testament to the same. However, at UFC 261, Namajunas showed why she is considered one of the best fighters in the world.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Perhaps the most notable incident of the pay-per-view was the former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, suffering a gruesome leg break against Uriah ‘Primetime’ Hall. Weili, on The Bronze Age, aired on Tencent CQ, revealed that Weidman’s injury might have affected her performance in the title fight.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The fighter in my previous fight, who was in the same waiting room as me [Weidman], his leg was snapped. I even touched gloves with him when he left for the fight, and I said ‘good luck’. I saw his leg snapped like that. I felt like my mind wasn’t completely focused on the match. I wasn’t as focused. You can’t lose focus for even 0.01 seconds. No, no. It’s that cruel,” she said. (H/T by SCMP).

The incident could really have taken a toll on the Chinese superstar as injuries like the one ‘The All American’ suffered, are painful to watch for anybody. One can only imagine what Weili felt ahead of her fight after seeing Weidman’s leg.

Zhang Weili vows to come back stronger

The loss to ‘Thug’ was Weili’s first competitive one since her first MMA fight. Hence, she thinks it might be a blessing in disguise for her, as it will only make the stigma of a loss easier.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 31: Zhang Weili of China celebrates after her victory over Jessica Andrade 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 Zhe Ji/Getty Images)

I was always afraid of losing when I kept winning, very afraid. The more you win, the more you are afraid. Like, ‘what if I lose … ?” said Weili.

DIVE DEEPER

‘I’m Lost Words’- UFC Legend Tito Ortiz Suffers a Huge Personal Blow Ahead of the Anderson Silva Fight

about 1 month ago

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

‘Magnum’ added, “After losing the fight I started to reflect back. It feels different all of a sudden. This time I feel like perhaps what I’ve learned is more than what I would learn from a win. Right now I feel great. I think my mental strength is way stronger than before.”

Magnum‘ is expected to face Namajunas in a rematch next. Given her prowess as a fighter, one can only imagine that the Chinese star will come back stronger than ever to the Octagon.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Apratim Banerjee

1220 articles

Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT