UFC fighter Rose Namajunas is making waves with a new statement in which she has vowed that ‘red is dead’ in reference to her upcoming title fight against female Chinese Champion Weili Zhang.
Namajunas’ comments are a jab at the Communist Government of Zhang’s home country of China.
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As Fox News reports:
UFC strawweight fighter Rose Namajunas defended her “red is dead” comment when talking about her upcoming title fight against champion Weili Zhang on Wednesday.
Namajunas explained to Lithuanian media earlier in the week that, to her, going up against UFC’s first Chinese champion means more than just fighting for the gold. Her politically charged comments raised eyebrows but the Lithuanian-American wasn’t backing down from them.
“I’d probably have a really different life if it wasn’t for everything in that documentary, how Lithuanians had to struggle with communism oppression,” she said on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” referring to the documentary “The Other Dream Team.”
“The reason that I brought it up and that I referenced it is because the reporter suggested I had animosity toward past opponents, and that’s what maybe caused some motivation in those fights, and in this one there’s no animosity so maybe there’s a lack of motivation. But that couldn’t be further from the truth,” she added.