Zhang Weili, who misplaced her UFC strawweight championship to Rose Namajunas at Saturday’s UFC 261, was focused with a refrain of boos from the Florida crowd, apparently for no different purpose than she hails from China.
The UFC’s first struggle card to happen in entrance of a capability crowd in additional than a yr was well worth the wait. From title modifications, to upsets, to beautiful one-shot knockouts… and, nicely, no matter it was that occurred to Chris Weidman’s leg, however one component from the night which can have left a foul style in some struggle followers’ mouths was the not-so-warm welcome afforded to Zhang.
Winner of 21 straight fights, Zhang was about as dominant a champion on the UFC roster earlier than she walked right into a excessive kick from Namajunas which ended her evening – and her title reign – slightly over a minute into the primary spherical.
The lead-in to the struggle had been notable for Namajunas’ feedback by which she stated “better dead than red” when describing her Chinese opponent, with the Lithuanian-American fighter highlighting that Zhang hails from a rustic underneath Communist rule – which could partly clarify the response geared toward her by the capability crowd.
How dare you boo Zhang Weili. She’s achieved nothing however kick ass and be pleasant.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) April 25, 2021
Dude. Seriously. How a lot of a dumb fuck do you must be to boo Zhang as a result of she is Chinese?Morons.
— Jason Hartley (@jasonthehart) April 25, 2021
WHO DARE BOO ZHANG WEILI. I BOO YOU FLORIDA. america sucks.
— Cynthia Vance (@cynthiavance) April 25, 2021
“Seriously. How much of a dumb f*ck do you have to be to boo Zhang because she is Chinese?” requested one fan on-line, with a number of different reactions in an identical swimsuit.
“Who dare boo Zhang Weili?” added one other, earlier than including: “I boo you Florida, America sucks.”
Some alleged that the motivation behind the boos was nothing however “racist” – though there’s all the time the reason that as an American on dwelling soil, Namajunas was all the time more likely to get extra crowd backing.
— JohnFcknStewart 🇯🇲 (New) (@JohnFknStewart) April 25, 2021
Thug Rose. Gracious in victory rolls again on the pre-fight speak. Zhang is getting boo’d nonstop throughout Rogan interview. You can inform the Florida crowd doesn’t like her. But they’re applauding now. And it’s throughout.
— Immortal Technique (@ImmortalTech) April 25, 2021
For her half, Namajunas was eager to stroll again her controversial Communist feedback in her post-fight interview, telling the media that she has no private quarrel with Zhang.
“All that stuff that was the in the media, that was not my intent to ever personally attack her as a person,” Namajunas said. “It’s simply my historical past and my previous and that’s it.“
Zhang’s prior dominance within the girls’s 115-pound fold will doubtless earn her an instantaneous rematch with Namajunas amid their creating rivalry.
“I feel I can come back real quick,” Zhang said afterwards. “I used to be nonetheless acutely aware, the referee stopped it slightly bit early.”
She, and many of the viewers watching at dwelling, will doubtless hope that any rematch would not happen in Florida, although.