Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk goes down as one of the best fights ever
It was a true test for both women. In Zhang’s first defense since winning the gold in her home country a little over six months prior, could she hold off the woman who once long reigned over 115? On the flip, could Jedrzejczyk show she’s still on the championship level, and could she become the first to hold the UFC’s 115-pound title twice?
The end result was not just FanSided MMA’s choice for 2020 Fight of the Year, but perhaps the greatest fight in women’s MMA history — maybe even the greatest fight in MMA history, period.
FanSided MMA Awards: Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk named Fight of 2020
For 25 minutes, the bout played out like an extended kickboxing match. Both women tagged one another with jabs, elbows, straights, combinations, body shots, low kicks — you name it.
Both women rocked one another throughout the five rounds, and there barely seemed time to catch your breath. Just when you thought the pace was going to slow down, it picked right back up on the lead of either woman.
By the fight’s end, both women were showing battle scars. Both were cut up and busted up, and Jedrzejczyk sported probably one of the nastiest hematomas ever on her forehead. The commentary team, and MMA media pundits alike, wondered aloud how such a fight could be scored.
Unfortunately for the two, someone had to go home empty-handed. And in arguably one of the closest split decisions in UFC history, Zhang took two judges’ cards to take the win and the title.
But to the thousands of people in attendance and those watching around the world, both women needed to be thanked and applauded for the war that they put on inside the Octagon.
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen Zhang since that night — UFC 248 marked the last time crowds were at a UFC card due to the coronavirus pandemic. But when she does return, we can only hope that her next fight is a Fight of the Year candidate for 2021 as well.
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