Zhang Weili, stranded in America, cried: never felt it so hard to go home

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 Zhang Weili, stranded in America, cried: never felt it so hard to go home


Zhang Weili won the first UFC gold belt of Chinese players. UFC official website

Win the competition and cry loudly

On August 31, 2019, Zhang Weili won the first UFC gold belt of Chinese player by KO Brazilian Andrade in the UFC Shenzhen station.

Half a year later, Zhang Weilis first defending match of her career was against Polish Joanna jederzesik. Although she kept the golden belt after 5 rounds, Zhang Weili couldnt find the feeling of the champion at all, the champion should be me sitting here, waiting for you to challenge me. Ive experienced too many twists and turns this time, but I feel like Im going to challenge others.

In the match with Joanna, Zhang Weili didnt play to the full level. She said that she had a bad feeling about leaving Beijing in a hurry from the first day.

At 10:00 a.m. on February 1, Zhang Weili received the departure call temporarily, arrived at the airport at 12:00 a.m., and arrived at the hotel at 1:00 a.m. after finishing the Thailand landing sign. At the time of Zhangs departure, China was at the critical stage of the epidemic, and she needed to stay in other non epidemic countries for 14 days before entering the United States.

But not until Zhang Weili adapts to the temperature difference of nearly 30 u2103 between Beijing and Bangkok, Thailand has become an epidemic area, and she can only bypass Abu Dhabi to the United States. Time difference, food and temperature difference, Zhang Weili has to adapt one by one, which makes her biological clock a bit disordered.

Zhang Weilis journey to defend her crown is rather tortuous. UFC official website

One early morning in Abu Dhabi, Zhang Weili suddenly sat up, and her biological clock reminded her to get up and run in the morning. I opened my eyes. It was only three in the morning. Zhang took a moment to tell herself that it was in Abu Dhabi, not Bangkok.

Its not easy to toss around to Las Vegas. Zhang Weili is suffering from water poisoning when she falls down again. On that day, Zhang Weili drank seven kilograms of water. As usual, steam a sauna and let it out. But the continuous interview disrupted the training arrangement of Zhang Weili, resulting in a stomachache at night, the water is all accumulated in the stomach, especially uncomfortable, dizzy, vomiting.

At 12 oclock in the evening, Zhang Weili vomited wildly. She was too dizzy to walk. She called Cai Xuejun, the coach. It wasnt until the next afternoon that Zhang came slowly, but I still feel dizzy when I see the kettle.

After winning the competition, Zhang Weili cried loudly on the challenge arena, its not easy. I feel that the stone is finally put down, and the whole person is relaxed. Its too tight before.

The match between Zhang Weili and Joanna was very tragic. UFC official website

On the field opponents off the field friends

Walk out of the hospital and hug each other

The match between Zhang Weili and Joanna is tragic. In the words of Bai Dana, President of UFC, this match is destined to enter the hall of fame.

However, Zhang Weili said that from a purely technical point of view, neither of them could fully play in the game. We are very careful. We were very careful when we touched hands in the previous few games, especially worried about the cold attack of the opponent.

Four rounds down, the game into the white heat, no one can take the absolute upper hand. Before the start of the fifth round, the two rarely hugged each other, and then began a new round of fighting. Zhang Weili said that at that time, although there was no communication between the two men, they broke the gap between their hearts.

The two went directly to the hospital after the match. UFC official website

After a bloody battle, Zhang Weili and Joanna did not attend the press conference and went directly to the hospital. Across a curtain, Zhang heard Joanna crying in the next bed. Zhang Weili, who doesnt know how to comfort Joanna, cant stop saying good job! Zhang Weili said that Joanna cried for a long time, I told the translator, Mr. Wang, or you can take care of her.

When she said that, I wanted to cry. Zhang Weili said that at that time, she felt the mutual respect between the fighters. I think this is her recognition of me. If she is not convinced, she will not say that.

After practising martial arts for many years, Zhang Weili likes to take the challenge arena as her boundary. When she goes to the challenge arena, she is an opponent and when she goes to the challenge arena, she is a friend. Make friends with the armed forces and respect each other. Zhang said she would never be happy to defeat her opponent. Every fighter and every athlete standing in the octagonal cage should be respected.

Zhang Weili said that every warrior should be respected. UFC official website

Stay abroad because of the epidemic

I feel deeply depressed and cry in my hometown

In an interview after winning, Zhang Weilis high EQ speech touched countless people, I hope my country will survive the epidemic. Now the epidemic is not a Chinese thing, but a global one. I hope we can work together to overcome the epidemic.

Zhang Weili thought about this speech before the competition. During the domestic training, Zhang Weili paid close attention to the epidemic situation. Seeing how many cases are confirmed here and how many cases are added there every day will give you a special feeling of depression. At the right time to fight the defending war, Zhang Weili especially hopes to bring a victory to the Chinese people.

While bringing victory to others, Zhang also strengthened her confidence from the front-line medical staff. As a result of the epidemic, Zhang Weili changed her starting place to the United States. When she first arrived in Abu Dhabi from Thailand, Zhang was in a low mood and called her mother when she couldnt sleep.

My mother told me that so many medical staff and police rushed to the front line at the risk of their lives and didnt have time to sleep. I just changed places and how could I feel depressed? After listening to her mothers words, Zhang Weili suddenly felt that she was not alone in the battle. Since then, my mind has been completely put down and my confidence has been strengthened.

In spite of all the difficulties before the game, Zhang Weili survived, I told myself that I must cheer everyone up with a victory. Im really tired in the middle, but I just want to cheer everyone on and let them know that we are strong and can overcome all difficulties.

Zhang and her team are still in the United States. UFC official website

The game won, but the epidemic is not over.

According to the plan, Zhang Weili should have returned to China a week ago. Unexpectedly, the outbreak in the United States suddenly worsened, and Zhang Weili and her team could only stay in Las Vegas. The venue is not open, Zhang Weili can only be isolated in the living room and keep training for two hours every day.

Talking about the life in isolation, Zhang Weili suddenly couldnt help crying. For this gold belt, Zhang Weili hasnt been home since March last year. After coming out on February 1, I have been wandering overseas for two months. As the epidemic continues to spread, Zhang Weilis way home has become a little longer.

My God, I cant stand it... the Hebei girl who never shed tears in the challenge arena sobbed on the other end of the phone. I feel so depressed here. I really want to go back. Ive never felt it so difficult to go home.

Ask quickly.

Beijing News: have you ever conceded or been beaten unconscious?

Zhang Weili: I never give in. Ive been knocked unconscious once. I forgot whether it was 2016 or 2017, a match in Qingdao, Shandong Province. With 10 seconds left in the first round, I heard the sound of knocking on the board, thinking that it was time to shake. I didnt expect my opponent to give me a back swing, but it was directly soft at that time. I didnt fall to the ground, but I could feel the whole arena turning. When the time comes, I cant walk in a straight line at all, and it will be crooked when I walk. Fortunately, its only the first round. There are two rounds left. I have to find a way to win back. This matter also gives me a lot of vigilance. Dont slack off before the end of anything.

Beijing News: have your parents seen the match with Joanna?

Zhang Weili: my mother hasnt dared to watch the replay of the game until now. I also dare to video with my mother four or five days after the game. I dont want her to see my injured face, she doesnt want to see it, and we have a heart to heart.

Beijing News: you interact frequently with Zhang Ziyi, Yao Chen, Huang Xiaoming and others on social media. What do you think of this out of the loop approach?

Zhang Weili: this time, I received many blessings from celebrities and added wechat. To be honest, I felt very surprised. We should all support and encourage each other. In fact, it doesnt matter if they dont understand me. Whats important is that they can understand MMA.

Beijing News: what is the help of Chinese traditional martial arts to MMA practice?

(function() {(window. Slotbydup = window. Slotbydup| []). Push ({ID: u5811557, container: ssp_, async: true});}) (); Zhang Weili: I have been practicing traditional martial arts since childhood. There are many steps in traditional Chinese martial arts that are not available in modern fighting. MMA is an inclusive sport. I also hope to integrate the essence of Chinese martial arts into MMA. Chinese martial arts pay attention to root training. Without root, the whole movement will be unstable. Beijing News: what are the suggestions for those young people who want to enter MMA? Zhang Weili: we must have a goal and have a good team. This is not a single project. The goal must be very clear. There will be a lot of temptations after playing. I have seen many athletes give up because of these things. If you really want to win the world championship, you must remember what you wanted. Source: responsible editor of Beijing News: Yu changzong, nbj11145

Zhang Weili: I grew up practicing traditional martial arts. There are many steps in traditional Chinese martial arts that modern fighting doesnt have. MMA is an inclusive sport. I also hope to integrate the essence of Chinese martial arts into MMA. Chinese martial arts pay attention to root training. Without root, the whole movement will be unstable.

Beijing News: what are the suggestions for those young people who want to enter MMA?

Zhang Weili: we must have a goal and have a good team. This is not a single project. The goal must be very clear. There will be a lot of temptations after playing. I have seen many athletes give up because of these things. If you really want to win the world championship, you must remember what you wanted.