Zhang Weili Says ‘Secret Weapons’ Taught by Henry Cejudo Will Be the Key to Dismantle Rose Namajunas

Published 11/01/2021, 10:41 AM EDT
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)


The women’s strawweight division in the UFC has some of the best fighters and Zhang Weili is one of them. Her last fight was against Rose Namajunas at UFC 261 and unfortunately, Weili suffered a TKO and lost her prestigious title. ‘Magnum’ has been fighting in theUFC since 2018 and Namajunas has effectively blocked her way.

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The Chinese mixed martial artist will now fight at UFC 268. Weili will once again face Namajunas and this fight will give her the opportunity to avenge her previous loss. She has had to make several changes in order to improve her skills. She also moved her training camp to the US and retired UFC fighter Henry Cejudo is helping her improve her game and strategy.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo poses for a portrait backstage after his victory during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

 

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Henry Cejudo Helps the former champion prepare for UFC 268

In a video released by UFC, viewers could see Cejudo explaining to Weili what went wrong in her previous fight. According to Cejudo, improving Weili’s wrestling and leg kicks is of prime importance.

Weili said, “Henry Cejudo shares a lot of experience with me.”

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

She also said, “He is adjusting my mentality and techniques for the fight. I believe I will make these adjustments in the fight this time.”

She further disclosed, “Henry has taught me a lot. He shows me how to open my mind and how to control distance. How to do fake moves, how to do wrestling, a lot actually. I believe Henry provides me with many secret weapons and he is the key to this fight.”

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Cejudo has been the former flyweight and bantamweight champion. Advice from such an accomplished fighter is indispensable for Weili. She has enjoyed an almost spotless record with just two losses. Rose Namajunas is the only UFC fighter to defeat her until now. Defeating ‘Thug’ in the upcoming bout will again solidify her reputation as one of the best fighters to grace the UFC’s strawweight division.

UFC 268 goes down on November 6th and has some of the most anticipated bouts. Kamaru Usman versus Colby Covington is finally going to take place. Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili will grapple for the title once again. Justin Gaethje versus Michael Chandler will also be seen in the action to determine the top contender.

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Will Zhang Weili succeed in walking away with the title this time? 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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