Zhang Weili Reveals the Reason Behind Chopping Her Hair Off

Published 10/07/2021, 1:19 PM EDT
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


UFC fighter Zhang Weili cut off her locks and revealed her new look in an Instagram post. After losing her title to Rose Namajunas, Weili seems to have taken inspiration from Namajunas’ easy-to-manage hairstyle and it looks like she is loving her new hair.

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While Weili’s new look is fantastic, many have compared it to Namajunas’ hair. ‘Thug’ opted for short hair back in 2015 because having longer hair interfered with her practice. Interestingly, Weili chose a similar style, and hence, comparisons between both the fighters were inevitable, especially after their fight at UFC 261. Weili lost her title to Namajunas after a brutal knockout. This was the second loss in her UFC career, but she graciously congratulated Namajunas for her victory.  

In a recent interview, the strawweight fighter revealed the reason behind her new look. She said, “I am so concerned that I am getting bald from my jiu-jitsu practice, so I have always wanted to cut my hair.”

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Fortunately, for all those who were hoping to see Weili get another chance, a rematch is going to take place at UFC 268 in New York.

Weili suffered a knockout in the previous match just 73 seconds after the fight started. It was difficult for the fighter to accept her defeat. Hence, it would be interesting to see what Weili brings to the table this time around 

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Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Rose Namajunas (Blue Gloves) kicks Zhang Weili (Red Gloves) for a TKO during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

According to Weili, “At this level, we’re all close technically. It’s all about who is more mentally steady. I think for the rematch, her psychological pressure might be greater than mine.”

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As fans anticipate the rematch, Weili has already started preparing for the bout and has been training with Henry Cejudo in Arizona. Cejudo, the former UFC flyweight champion, is optimistic about Weili’s performance in the rematch.

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While the rematch is going to be a very exciting one, it will be fascinating to see who wins this time. Who do you think will emerge as the winner? Let us know 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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