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Chinese import Tiequan Zhang encouraged by pressure of representing a nation

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Any time a fighter enters the cage of the WEC or UFC for the first time, nerves are certain to factor into the combatant's performance.

Fighting on the biggest stage in the world, no one wants to let himself down, much less his fans, coaches or training partners.

But lightweight Tiequan Zhang (12-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) had a few more people on his mind when he stepped in the cage for his WEC debut at Thursday's WEC 51 event – like the 1.3 billion citizens of his native China.

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Post #1   10/1/10 10:46:49AM   

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BlueSkies and I had a discussion on this the other day, and I must say I was glad to see him succeed last night. That's huge for China, and hopefully will result in many more imports coming over.

Post #2   10/1/10 11:01:16AM   

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His frame may ultimately prove more suitable for the 145-pound division, and his ability to defend against top-level wrestling has yet to be seen.

My thoughts exactly. Any of those other LW's would have put up a better fight IMO. Garza looked lost.

Post #3   10/1/10 2:37:16PM