Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk put on the most exciting women’s MMA fight in the history of the UFC. Zhang was defending her UFC strawweight title for the first time in the co-main event of UFC 248.
Both fighters had a lot of bad blood before the fight. They talked trash about each other with Joanna even making a coronavirus joke for which she had to apologize later.
The fighters settled their differences inside the cage.
The entire five rounds were filled with entertaining action. In the opening round, Joanna dominated the first half of the round with her accurate leg kicks and clean significant punches. In the latter half of the round, Zhang started to takeover coming forward and landing huge bombs.
By round 4, Joanna had grown a huge hematoma on her forehead. She was practically not recognizable and Zhang still kept on hitting hard on the overblown hematoma.
In the fifth round, Zhang was dishing out her scary right hand and Joanna was eating those shots and landing some punches of her own. Both fighters ended the fight with dueling spinning backfists.
Weili Zhang reveals that Joanna kept crying ‘for hours’ in the hospital
The injuries received by Joanna were substantial. Both fighters were taken to the hospital after the fight. Now Weili Zhang has revealed an emotional moment they both shared at the hospital.
“After the match, Joanna and I, we both met at the hospital. We arrived at the hospital almost at the same time. There was just a curtain between us,” Zhang said. (via BJPenn.com)
“She kept crying for hours. I feel very sad. I especially wanted to comfort her. But the language barrier, I can only tell her, “Good job! You did very well. You are very good.” Then she kept crying, covering her head,” Zhang continued.
“And I feel very sad, to be honest. Although she was disrespectful to me before. But I saw her injury while crying. I felt bad for her. Then I talked to her. Then when she left — I am waiting for the examination — when she left, she told me this and I was particularly moved, she said: ‘Keep defending and I will watch you’ she said, ‘Keep defending and I will watch you. It will get harder and harder.’ I almost shed tears. At that time, I felt the warrior should be like this.”