USA – UFC fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s face was left disfigured by her Chinese opponent, Weili Zhang during the UFC 248 clash between the pair on Sunday.
Jedrzejczyk, 32, and Zhang, 30, were both taken to hospital after their mammoth five-round contest, where the strawweight champion Zhang clung on to her belt following a split decision from the judges.
Both fighters were caught by heavy punches early on in Las Vegas, and the pressure was applied back and forth with a winner by points not obvious.
In the end, Zhang was given the nod, 28-27 by two judges while one judge scored it the same but to Jedrzejczyk.
Whilst speaking in the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White, dismissed any talk of a rematch between the two, he said to the press:
“Did you see what those two girls looked like after that fight?
“They’re both in the hospital right now,” White continued with: “They did not go to a press conference, they did not talk to the press, they both went straight to the hospital.” “They need to go home, take time to heal up and everything else before I even mention a fight with either one of them again.”
“I talked to both of them, and I was just saying what an incredible fight. I couldn’t tell them enough how incredible both of them were.”
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