Weili Zhang has issued his first public response to Rose Namajunas’ controversial comments on the role of communism in the UFC 261 strawweight title fight.
Recently, former strawweight champion “Thug” Rose Namajunas made headlines for her comments about her upcoming fight against reigning champion Weili Zhang. Namajunas expressed that his fight against Zhang is bigger than just an MMA fight. In fact, it will be a symbolic representation of the fight against communism as a whole, he said. With some of her Lithuanian ancestors enduring significant hardships that she attributes to communism, Namajunas believes that the fight against Zhang, a proud native of China, was destined to happen.
After the comments attracted widespread attention, many of which were negative, Namajunas doubled down on his comments in a follow-up interview. He also took the time to reiterate that they were not made directly on Zhang and that he has nothing against his next opponent personally. Some publicized comments from Weili Zhang’s coach, Ruben Payan Jr., alluded to Zhang’s camp dismissing Namajunas’s comments and paying no attention to them as they prepared for the UFC 261 title fight.
During a recent Zoom call, Zhang was asked directly about Namajunas’ comments. Based on her response, the strawweight champion seems to think that Namajunas was just doing something funny.
“I saw them and then completely ignored them …” Zhang said of Namajunas’ comments. “I think as an athlete you have to focus on yourself, and those kinds of comments don’t make sense. I think it’s a joke. “
At first glance, it appears that Zhang is attributing a dark sense of humor to Namajunas for making veritable phrases like “better dead than red.” The other interpretation of Zhang’s comments is that she believes Namajunas’s comments are a joke, such as “nonsensical” or “embarrassing”. This is an interpretation that supports your previous sentence.
It’s hard to know for sure whether Zhang meant a comic joke or a joke, as in Namajunas, embarrassing herself, but you can bet this issue will be addressed multiple times during UFC 261’s upcoming media appearances, including the UFC 261 conference call. press ahead of Thursday’s event as the two women share the stage together in what could be a very tense encounter.
We certainly haven’t heard the latest on this topic; And when either party shares more thoughts on the matter, you’ll be able to get the full detail here at MMANews.com!
What are your thoughts on Weili Zhang saying that Rose Namajunas’ comments on communism were a “joke”?