UFC Fighter Refuses to Apologize For Anti-Communist Remarks As Title Fight With Chinese Champ Draws Near
OPINION | This article contains political comments that reflect the author’s opinion.
Strawweight UFC fighter Rose Namajunas says she will not apologize for her anti-communist comments, according to The Blaze.
Namajunas stated that she did not regret sharing her stance against communism, claiming that it was part of her motivation to defeat Zhang Weili.
Weili is the UFC strawweight champion and holds the title of the first and only champion from China.
“The hostility and things like that can be very motivating factors in brief moments.”
“But in fact there were certain rivalries and the like in the fight, but I always kept myself under control.”
“I never really hated the person – and I don’t hate Weili or anything like that.”
“There is nothing … but I feel like I have a lot to fight in this fight and what she represents.”
“I just kind of remembered my background and everything I’m from, my family and so on, and I wanted to kind of educate my training partner about the Lithuanian struggle and the history of everything, so we watched (2012 documentary) ‘The Other Dream Team’ just to get a general feel for what we are fighting for. “
“After seeing that, it was just a great reminder of how, yeah, it’s better dead than red, you know?”
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“And I don’t think Weili is red. That represents them. “
“If you’re confused about any of my opinions, you can watch the documentary and get a good idea of what my family went through, why I’m in the US today, why I’m doing mixed martial arts, all that stuff. “
“I would probably have a completely different life if it weren’t for everything in this documentary about how the Lithuanians were struggling with the suppression of communism.”
“The reason I brought it up and referred to it is because the reporter said I had hostility towards previous opponents, and that may have created some motivation in these battles, and there is no hostility in this one, so there is no maybe it’s motivation. ”
“But that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“I love Weili. I don’t know her I know she wants to be friends and all that stuff. “
“It would be great to get to know you, if we could, if it is possible.”
From the flame:
Namajunas is of Lithuanian descent. Her parents emigrated to the United States to flee communist tyranny under the old Soviet Union. Her grandfather served in the independent Lithuanian military and was killed by Soviet forces.
In a recent interview with Lithuanian media, Namajunas said that while she has nothing against Zhang personally, Zhang is representative of communist China and is inspired by the documentary “The Other Dream Team” to prepare for battle. The documentary focuses on the Lithuanian men’s national basketball team from 1992, when Lithuania participated in the Barcelona Olympics for the first time as an independent country.
Namajunas said the film was a reminder that “it’s better to dead than red,” citing a popular anti-communist slogan from the Cold War era.
Her comments proved somewhat controversial among UFC fans, some of whom attacked her as “mindless”.
But Namajunas said on Wednesday that their critics should see how Lithuanians have suffered from communist oppression.
Namajunas affirmed that she has no personal will towards Zhang and even hopes that the two of them can be friends after the fight.
Zhang will defend her championship title against Namajunas at UFC 261 on April 24th in Jacksonville, Florida.