Ricardo Lamas Tells Former Champion Zhang Weili ‘Being A Commie Turned Fans Against You’

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.”

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.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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  1. […] In recent weeks, former featherweight championship challenger, the retired, Ricardo Lamas also received criticism when he responded to an article published which noted Weili’s thoughts on the comments made by Namajunas, as well as the hostile reception she received in Florida — posting, “Being a commie turned fans against you.“ […]

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