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China’s Top UFC Star Prepares for the Fight of Her Life

Zhang Weili has learned to live with the white noise that surrounds athletes who compete at the very highest level.

As she rose to become China’s first-ever world champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the mixed martial artist embraced the fame and attention that came with it.

But when she lost her title last year, the 32-year-old was forced to confront the haters and the doubt that creeps in when an elite fighter tastes defeat on the biggest stage. The experience has only sharpened Zhang’s focus.

“I think today that I just know MMA better and deeper than ever before,” she tells Sixth Tone. “I know myself better, too.”

Zhang is in Singapore for Sunday’s UFC 275 event, where she’s set for a rematch against another former strawweight champ: Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk. It’s a clash that’s generating massive hype — and not only because the winner will get a shot at…

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