And when you break it down, it makes a lot of sense, because just like an ice cream sundae can be exceptional without that piece of radioactive red maraschino perched atop the peak of whipped cream, a fighter can have a successful career even if he never claims the championship. gold.
Granted, Zhang has tasted this sweet, sickly bite once before, so reframing his thoughts on the importance of the title may be easier than for someone who has yet to achieve the feat, but that doesn’t make his current position on the matter. less authentic.
“UFC champions in each division are constantly updated,” she said. “Victorias, defeats and titles are fleeting; everything changes all the time. The main thing is to show my abilities, to show my skills in every fight.
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“Winning or the title of champion is the greatest reward for every athlete, and it is the recognition of the hard work of the athlete,” the strawweight title challenger continued this weekend. “We’ve worked hard for this, and it’s what all athletes want, but more importantly, every experience is part of life, and you have to be fearless and do what you have to do.”
On Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, Zhang will look to become the third woman to hold the strawweight title twice when she takes on Esparza.