Disfigured Joanna Jedrzejczyk sent message by Zhang Weili after suffering nasty haematoma
Joanna Jedrzejczyk has received a message from Zhang Weili following their five-round war at UFC 248. The former women’s strawweight champion challenged China’s first UFC titleholder for the 115lb crown last weekend in the co-main event of the UFC’s third pay-per-view card of the year.
The contest well and truly lived up to its billing, with both women trading heavy leather from the get-go.
Jedrzejczyk and Zhang ended up putting on one of the greatest fights in UFC history and were greeted by a wall of applause immediately after the final buzzer.
Jedrzejczyk, and many others, thought she did more than enough to reclaim the strawweight throne – which Zhang retained via spilt decision.
Zhang was full of praise for the former champion after her first successful title defence and hailed their epic war in a classy Instagram post early on Sunday morning.
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk is a very powerful martial artist
Zhang Weili on Instagram
“I respect each of my opponents,” Zhang said. “Other people’s failure will not make me happy.
“My confidence is built on my training and my team. @joannajedrzejczyk is a very powerful martial artist.
“In the end, the octagon does not need garbage, we worked together and the battle was great.”
Jedrzejczyk’s performance against Zhang was made even more impressive by the fact she fought most of the fight with a massive haematoma to the right side of her head.
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The swelling left Poland’s first UFC champion looking disfigured and required immediate medical treatment, so much so she was absent from the post-fight press conference.
‘JJ’ was discharged after being looked over by doctors, who found no significant injuries on the former strawweight queen.
Amazingly, Jedrzejczyk didn’t let the severe swelling to her head have a detrimental effect on her performance.
During her post-fight interview, however, the American Top Team star admitted each blow Zhang landed caused her a great amount of pain.
“You see my [swelling], I felt this, you know, she did great,” Jedrzejczk said. “There was something missing. But I felt all the punches, from the third round the [swelling] was bothering me and I felt it just getting more and more swollen, and my head was, like, going on and off.
“But all good. Congrats, champ, and I’m very happy that we gave you a good fight.”
UFC president Dana White was blown away by Zhang’s first title defence, saying: “I knew that fight was gonna be ridiculous.
“Two incredibly talented savages who wanted that belt more than anything. I didn’t know if there would be a knockout or a submission but I was begging people to watch this fight.”
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