The retired former UFC featherweight title challenger, Ricardo ‘The Bully’ Lamas has called former UFC strawweight champion, Zhang ‘Magnum’ Weili a “commie” — claiming that is the reason why fans have supposedly turned against her.
Lamas, who ended his professional career back in August of last year following a unanimous decision victory over Bill Algeo, established a 20-8 professional record, before announcing his intentions to retire from the sport.
Earlier this week ahead of her UFC 268 strawweight title rematch against two-time champion, ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas next month, Weili explained how she believes Namajunas “crossed the line” regarding her political comments ahead of their UFC 261 bout in April, where the latter used the anti-communism, Cold War originated slogan,
“Better dead than red” — alluding to the thought that Weili was “red”, a communist, just because she was born in Hebei, China.
Taking co-headlining honors at UFC 261 earlier this year, Weili received a chorus of boos and jeers from attendees at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, prior to dropping her title via an opening round knockout.
Appearing on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani this week, Weili explained how she believed the comments made by Namajunas had crossed the proverbial line, and explained how the reception she received by onlookers at UFC 261 may have affected her performance.
“I think it definitely affected me a little bit,” Weili said. “The comments that Rose (Namajunas) made, I think she was successful in making the audience boo me. But I think that’s my own problem because I should be concentrating on the fight and not the audience. I can’t control who the audience likes. So I’m becoming more focused on my own fight.”
“In my mind, I think that, yes, those comments crossed the line because I think the audience, all the fighters, we call come together in the UFC because we all share the passion of the MMA sport,” Weili continued. “In my mind, I’m coming here because I want to make friends because we all have the common love of martial arts, I think it’s not a good thing to mix sport with politics, but I think that’s maybe her plan. So in the beginning, I thought it was just kind of trash talk. It didn’t really affect me. But when I went out in the stadium and got booed, I think Rose wanted to use those comments to make the audience boo me.”
Following Weili’s comments, outlet, MMA Junkie ran an article on the word shared by the former champion, titled; “Zhang Weili: Rose Namajuans’ anti-communism remark ‘crossed the line,’ turned fans against me” — with the aforenoted, Lamas replying to the article on Twitter, commenting, “No. Being a ‘commie’ turned fans against you.”
No. Being a commie turned fans against you.— Ricardo Lamas (@RicardoLamasMMA) October 7, 2021
The former title challenger has since received mass criticism for his ignorant and bigoted remarks aimed toward Weili simply because she is Chinese.
Weili is slated to take her camp for next month’s rematch with Namajunas to Arizona, where she will prepare alongside her usual team as well as bringing in Eric Albarracin as well as former two-weight UFC champion, Henry Cejudo.
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