Zhang Weili of China celebrates after defeating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen to become UFC strawweight champion in August 2019. Photo: AFP
Zhang Weili of China celebrates after defeating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen to become UFC strawweight champion in August 2019. Photo: AFP
Patrick Blennerhassett
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The Takedown by Patrick Blennerhassett

UFC 268: Zhang Weili throws first blow in Cold War 2.0 trash talk for Rose Namajunas rematch

  • China’s former UFC strawweight champion doesn’t seem keen on playing nice this time around
  • American ‘Thug’ made first fight political by invoking Cold War slogan ‘better dead than red’, which Zhang says ‘crossed the line’

Zhang Weili of China celebrates after defeating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen to become UFC strawweight champion in August 2019. Photo: AFP
Zhang Weili of China celebrates after defeating Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen to become UFC strawweight champion in August 2019. Photo: AFP
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