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On Zhang’s side, there’s been nothing but respect and admiration shown to Namaju…

From Zhang’s side, there was nothing but respect and admiration for the Namajunas, the female strawweight champion hoping to befriend Rose after the fight. So it’s no surprise that his team don’t make many of Namajunas’ statements either. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Zhang’s strength and conditioning trainer Ruben Payan Jr. explained the situation. He said. “To be honest with you, we didn’t pay attention. It was like watching it but not feeling it. It’s the soap opera happening but we don’t really engage in it because we’re so focused on the fight. It wasn’t even a topic for the team. I wish there was something more I could say, but it’s like … non-emotional . There’s really nothing to say if you’re not really emotionally attached to it. “⠀” You just watch it happen and you watch people talk about it, “he continued.” And you see people get angry. And you see the comments but you are not involved in it. That’s kind of what it feels like. Even though some of the comments are directed at her, there are so many untruths. that it’s like we’re not even going to pay attention to it. That’s kind of how we feel. “⠀ ⠀ Payan Jr. dismissed the speculation that Zhang was a sor te of Chinese experiment Rocky IV created and funded by government money. ⠀ ⠀ “I have known the team since the birth of the team,” he said. “So you go to infancy, to the birth of this one. So you know the struggles and who is involved, where the money is coming from. We know all of that, so when they say “The government is doing this” … uh, no. No, they are not. “⠀ ⠀ ⠀

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