At noon on November 13, Beijing time
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) 281
Performed at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA
In the Women's Strawweight Championship as a co-main event
China's Zhang Weili in the second round
Defeated from the United States
Current champion Carla Espaza
Regained the championship belt in the division
Subsequently, news about Zhang Weili
Hottest search for the screen
In the first round, Zhang Weili stood in the upper hand, but after entering the middle game, he was seized by Carla and fell, and Zhang Weili showed great strength at the key moment, quickly got rid of and once came close to forming a naked strand against Carla; In the second round, Kara entered wrestling mode earlier, and this time Willy played a stunning performance, quickly withdrew her crotch, used her power to suppress Carla, and locked her opponent's neck... Zhang Weili eventually defeated Carla in the way that her opponent did best.
A quick win, as Joanna predicted before the game, Zhang Weili said: "I'm back, I feel like a dream, I say thank you to my family, friends, fans, and fans around the world for encouraging me. ”
"I feel the enthusiasm here, before I took the belt in China, I was the great beauty of China, and now I feel that I am the great beauty of the world." This is what Zhang Weili said before the competition, and now she took back the belt and said again, "I want to say to everyone, each of us will experience difficulties and setbacks, don't give up, persevere, and will definitely achieve what you want." ”
Zhang Weili posted on Weibo after the game:
"Finally bring the belt back to China
Thank you all for your support! ”
Zhang Weili vented her emotions, indeed, she has experienced too much in the past 3 years.
From "China's Greatness" to "The World's Greatness"
In August 2019, Zhang Weili beat Andrade in 42 seconds to become China's first and Asia's first UFC champion; In March 2020, Zhang Weili played her first title defense with 5 rounds, defeating legendary Joanna, when her popularity and influence reached its peak, as long as there was news of Zhang Weili, it would immediately appear on the whole network, commercial sponsorships also poured in, in many media voices, Zhang Weili is not only a flagship figure in Chinese fighting, but also regarded as an excellent model of contemporary Chinese women.
However, the next two battles with Ross became the Waterloo of Zhang Weili's career. In April 2021, Zhang Weili was knocked out by Ross in just 1 minute and 18 seconds in the first round and lost the belt; In the rematch half a year later, Zhang Weili lost again by disagreement, and suddenly, Zhang Weili deeply felt the pain of falling from the altar.
"I used to always want to get the belt, I cared about winning or losing, I wanted to win and I was afraid of losing, but after all these years of losing and some things, I slowly found that mixed martial arts will be my life's work, I can let go of the baggage, let go of winning and losing, and enjoy the competition." Fortunately, Zhang Weili in the trough did not give up, she constantly introspected herself and became stronger.
On June 11, Zhang Weili announced her return as king by knocking out her opponent in a rematch with Joanna, but to truly regain lost ground, she must win the head-to-head with Carla Espazza and take back the belt. Carla is the original strawweight champion, and after beating Rose this year for the first time in eight years, Zhang Weili's importance and symbolism are unmatched after "retiring" Joanna, who has been the longest strawweight ruler in the first half of the year.
"The first time I took the belt was in China, when a lot of people knew the UFC because of this fight, at that time I was a great beauty in China, and this time I got the belt in New York, I will be the great beauty of the world." This was Zhang Weili's pre-match statement, which won cheers from live fighting fans in New York, and when home player Carla said that she would leave her belt in the United States, there was a lot of boos at the scene, it is clear that at the competitive level, Zhang Weili has conquered fans all over the world, and in this match, she further confirmed her demeanor as a UFC world superstar.
According to CCTV News
Overcome your past self and become the best version of yourself
Carla's research on Zhang Weili is not exhaustive, and in order to get as much time as possible to adjust, Kara refused Zhang Weili's request to play Abu Dhabi in October, and kept cheering herself up before the game.
"Willy is also a former champion and is a fantastic fighter, but I have the best wrestling technique in the strawweight division, I have fallen my opponent every fight and I have no doubt that I will fall her (Willy) and then smash her until the end." On the one hand, Kara emphasizes that her wrestling skills can restrain Zhang Weili, and at the same time firmly believes that Zhang Weili will not come up with tricks that surprise her.
"In my 13-year career, I don't think there will be anything I haven't seen, all the opponents are championships, Zhang Weili used to underestimate Rose, Rose played at his best, that's what I want to do, I want to get a similar finish. She's very strong and will definitely be fierce, but she doesn't have any surprising tricks, and I won't see anything very crazy in this game that I didn't expect. ”
With her longer career as the confidence of the competition, vaguely Carla has shown her timidity, Zhang Weili is unmoved by this pre-match shout, she said: "The belt belongs to the brave, belongs to the hard worker, I have worked hard for this belt for a long time, I believe I will win, whether it is standing, wrestling or jiu-jitsu, as long as everyone can think of the technique, I am fine, I have prepared a lot for this match, there will be amazing things happening at any time." ”
For Carla's last match (deciding to win Ross), Zhang Weili believes that she did not play style, "She takes too much care of it, she may be afraid of getting hurt, afraid of beating her face, the mentality of the champion is to have no scruples, show the best self to the audience, there is nothing to worry about, I will not be afraid of anything from her, I just want to be myself and do well every day." ”
For a long time in the past, Zhang Weili put aside the victory or loss of the game in interviews, she told reporters, "The most difficult thing to beat is actually myself, in order to seek a breakthrough, I am competing with myself every day." ”
Zhang Weili has undergone a metamorphosis, not only at the technical level, but also psychologically, she is no longer entangled in whether it is Joanna, Carla or someone else standing in front of her, what she wants to do most is to become a better version of herself, such a player who is not afraid of winning or losing, and has the courage to break through herself is truly worthy of the championship.
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Comprehensive: The Paper, People's Daily
Source: Qilu Evening News