The assignment for a China correspondent: Report on a live sporting event for the first time. In a sport she barely knows. With less than 48 hours to prepare.
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As I was walking my dog in Taipei recently, I got a text from Gillian Wong, my editor on the International desk, asking if I could cover the Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Florida coming up that weekend.
Cue mild panic mode. I knew next to nothing about mixed martial arts or the U.F.C. and had never covered a sporting event before.
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