Zhang Weili, a Chinese UFC fighter who was defeated in her first match against U.S. fighter Rose Namajunas, claimed her opponent’s anti-Communist remarks played a role in her loss.
Namajunas, who is of Lithuanian descent, used the phrase “better dead than red” ahead of the match in April.
The phrase is associated with an anti-communist slogan that originated during the Cold War in the 1950s.
The website MMA Junkie reported on the development:
Weili (21-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) initially dismissed Namajunas’ comments, but after experiencing a hostile crowd in a fight in which she wound up getting dethroned by first-round knockout, she admits the boos might have played a factor and thinks Namajunas is to blame for what transpired.
‘I think it definitely