Chinese fighter Zhang Weili has been given the backing of the New York Knicks going into her blockbuster strawweight title rematch with Rose Namajunas at UFC 268. The 32-year-old Zhang (21-2) will look to regain the belt from American Namajunas (10-4) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, the home of the NBA team. Namajunas stunned Zhang with a first-round TKO in front of a vociferous crowd in Jacksonville, Florida in April, where “Magnum” was booed at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The former champion already has some support in New York, though, with the Knicks encouraging her on Weibo to bring the belt back home to China. “Chinese girl Zhang Weili is about to play in the UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship at Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks, against rival Rose!” the Knicks’ official Weibo account wrote on Friday in a post to their 3.6 million followers. The post added that Madison Square Garden vice president Joel Fisher gave “brave girl” Zhang an exclusive custom Knicks jersey with her name and the No 268 on it. ‘Now I am calm’: how Zhang Weili dealt with her demons “Looking forward to your wonderful performance on the day of the game and successfully take the golden belt home!” read the post. The topic “New York Knicks and Zhang Weili dream linkage” had more than 1.2 million reads on China’s Twitter-like Weibo as of Saturday morning (Hong Kong time). UFC’s official Weibo account also posted about Zhang’s Knicks jersey. Zhang Weili as she makes 115: "I'm back!" #UFC268 pic.twitter.com/Qrl55JDEz7 — South China Morning Post MMA (@scmpmma) November 5, 2021 “No 268, Zhang Weili New York Knicks’ customised team uniforms are full of details! It is undoubtedly an honour to compete in places where sports legends such as Ali, Fraser and Ewing have fought,” they said. “After the war, Zhang Weili‘s name will also become a part of the history of Madison Square Garden, the Temple of Sports.” The hashtag “Zhang Weili vs Rose Second World War” had more than 26.2 million reads as of Saturday morning as interest in the fight grew in China.