Weili Zhang Describes Emotional Moment With Joanna Jedrzejczyk In Hospital

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Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk shared an emotional moment with each other following their UFC 248 fight.

Zhang narrowly defended her women’s strawweight title after a five-round war with Jedrzejczyk in the co-main event of UFC 248 this past weekend. There was plenty of animosity leading up to the bout, especially after an insensitive coronavirus meme posted by the former champion.

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However, after sharing the Octagon for 25 minutes, it appears the duo developed mutual respect for each other. In a recent video (transcript via Bloody Elbow), Zhang revealed how she met Jedrzejczyk in the hospital after the fight as they exchanged words:

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“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.

“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.

“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.”

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It’s nice to see things end cordially between the two. However, a rematch may not be far especially given the reaction to their first meeting.

What do you make of their emotional moment?