Joanna Jedrzejczyk received a message from Zhang Weili after his five-round war in UFC 248. The former China strawweight champion challenged the UFC's first Chinese champion for the 115 lb crown last weekend in the co-main event of the UFC's third pay-per-view card of the year.
The contest fulfilled its billing perfectly, with the two women exchanging heavy leather from the beginning.
Jedrzejczyk and Zhang ended up putting one of the biggest fights in UFC story and were greeted by a wall of applause immediately after the final bell.
Jedrzejczyk, and many others, thought that she did more than enough to regain the throne of the straw weight – which Zhang maintained by spilled decision.
Zhang received high praise from the former champion after his first successful title defense and saluted his epic war in an elegant Instagram post early Sunday morning.
The swelling left Poland's first UFC champion looking disfigured and demanded immediate medical treatment, so much so that she was absent from the post-fight press conference.
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Surprisingly, Jedrzejczyk did not let the severe swelling in his head have a detrimental effect on his performance.
During his post-fight interview, however, the American Top Team star admitted that every blow Zhang delivered caused him a great deal of pain.
"You see my [swelling], I felt it, you know, it did really well," said Jedrzejczk. “There was something missing. But I felt all the punches, since the third round the [swelling] was bothering me and I felt it was getting more and more swollen, and my head was, like, going in and out.
"But it's alright. Congratulations champion, and I'm very happy that we gave you a good fight. "
UFC President Dana White was impressed by Zhang's first title defense, saying, “I knew the fight would be ridiculous.
“Two incredibly talented savages who wanted that belt more than anything. I didn't know if there would be a knockout or submission, but I was begging people to watch this fight. "