“We have known each other for a long time. He kept inviting me here to train, and he’s an amazing guy; a UFC champion in two divisions and he is also an Olympic champion. His understanding of this game, his understanding of the sport really impressed me, so I came here.
At first it looked like a random match, but after visiting Fight Ready MMA and Fitness in Scottsdale, Arizona, and seeing the former two-division champion working alongside the very first UFC Chinese champion, it all turned out. started to make sense.
“Being able to teach and coach is something I’ve never really done before,” Cejudo said. “When it comes to the higher levels, I feel like that’s my calling. Train with the one percent. I feel like I can use those tweaks and turns to create a any other animal – because it happened with me.
“The first time I lost to Demetrious Johnson I knew I had to make a bunch of set-ups and turns in my own career. I have made these adjustments, but I continue to see athletes at this high level who have not yet made these adjustments. So this is something that I was able to share with Weili.
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Despite Cejudo’s retirement from competition over a year ago and the heavy language barrier, the two former champions are working wonderfully, focusing on both the physical and mental side of the revenge.
“I can relate to her. I was eliminated, roughly in the first round. She was knocked out by Rose in the first round, ”Cejudo said, referring to her first title shot against Demetrious Jonhson in 2016.“ I said to her, ‘Look, we have to accept this. We made a mistake or something happened, but no matter what, we have to accept this loss. So that’s key number one. Then we also need to make some adjustments, because everything that got us there didn’t work. Real adversity is what reveals and builds character. I told him that this world championship will be more special after you beat the person who beat you.