“#Joanna Jedrzejczyk looked like ‘a zombie’ after UFC 248 bout”
June 8, 2020 | 5:40pm | Updated June 8, 2020 | 5:56pm
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili during UFC 248
The Polish martial arts icon battled her way to the bitter end of a bruising women’s strawweight fight at UFC 248 back in March.
The encounter left her with a bloodied face and a forehead so massively swollen that she looked almost unrecognizable.
And the former Muay Thai boxer came away from the epic bout with an enormous hematoma.
Jedrzejczyk, who’s 32, recalls her sister having to help her shower before she spent the night in a Las Vegas hospital.
Jedrzejczyk, who’s known as JJ, told BBC Sport: “One day I’ll post pictures of how I looked.
“I was like ‘holy moly.’ I looked like a zombie. It was so funny; some people didn’t even recognize me.”
Jedrzejczyk, a former strawweight champion who’s considered an MMA great, was looking to reclaim her crown from China’s first UFC title-holder Zhang Weili.
During their battle, which UFC boss Dana White dubbed as one of the best he’d ever seen, the Polish fighter’s head began swelling in the third round.
The hard-punching pair held nothing back in a clash that left Weili with a closed right eye early on.
The rivals traded ferocious blows with the post-fight stats revealing they’d swapped 351 strikes in 25 minutes.
And Jedrzejczyk’s gruesome forehead injury looked so puffy that her physio was afraid it would pop!
However, the swelling miraculously healed within two days, along with the bruising in two weeks, leaving her with no permanent injury.
The Polish fighter added: “It could’ve scarred half my face.
“It was so painful. For a split-second, I questioned if I should stop, but I was still going forward.
“I knew I’d heal. I was more mad at myself because I wanted to have a few nice days in Vegas with my friends and family!
“But this is the price we pay. I’ve been doing this for 17 years so I know the game.
“I love to challenge myself. MMA’s violent, but it’s not just about smashing people. For me, it’s about the sport, the competition, the respect.”
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