Zhang Weili celebrates after beating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen last year. Photo: UFC Zhang Weili celebrates after beating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen last year. Photo: UFC
Zhang Weili celebrates after beating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen last year. Photo: UFC
Patrick Blennerhassett
Opinion

Opinion

The Takedown by Patrick Blennerhassett

UFC: Zhang Weili and the rise of China’s first MMA superstar one year from Shenzhen title win

  • ‘Magnum’ is a consummate professional, representing the motherland and the UFC with honour
  • Zhang has shades of Canadian Georges St-Pierre, a traditional warrior mentality built on humbleness and appreciation

Zhang Weili celebrates after beating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen last year. Photo: UFC Zhang Weili celebrates after beating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen last year. Photo: UFC
Zhang Weili celebrates after beating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen last year. Photo: UFC
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Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. He has covered sport for the Post since 2018.