UFC 275 Results, Highlights: Zhang Weili knocks out Joanna Jedrzejczyk, retiring former champion

Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk fought an exciting fight that was connected by an emotional retirement. Jedrzejczyk announced she was retiring from mixed martial arts after suffering a highlight reel knockout loss to Zhang at UFC 275.

Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk is a recipe for exciting violence, it’s as simple as that. Their first fight at UFC 248 is considered one of the greatest fights in history, regardless of gender. Their Saturday night rematch was played at the same remarkable pace.

Jedrzejczyk looked sharp on his feet in Round 1, dropping Zhang with a leg kick early on. However, Zhang took complete control of the fight as she engaged in the wrestling match. Zhang wrapped Jedrzejczyk against the fence and beat her. The Chinese powerhouse scored multiple takedowns and punished Jedrzejczyk with a ground-and-pound. For the moment, it looked like the referee would step in as Zhang reigned in full-force punches. Jedrzejczyk rejected the idea and crawled to freedom. Jedrzejczyk landed a big punch in the closing seconds, but Zhang caught a kick and threw Jedrzejczyk off to round out the frenetic opening five minutes.

Zhang landed with effective body shots early in the second round that left Jedrzejczyk sucking the wind. Jedrzejczyk shrugged off a takedown attempt by Zhang but ate a tough double combo. Jedrzejczyk interfered and Zhang hit her with a spinning backfist. Jedrzejczyk made a face and Zhang walked away, sending the crowd into a frenzy. The KO finish officially came at 2:28 of Round 2, a more definitive conclusion than Zhang’s split decision win in 2020.

“I’m very, very happy about this fight. I told myself that I would use all my techniques to beat my opponent and I did,” Zhang said through interpreter Daniel Cormier in the post-fight interview. “I was very, very calm and relaxed for this fight. I told myself I’m not fighting Joanna, I’m fighting myself.”

Zhang (22-3) challenged UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza to a title fight in neutral territory in Abu Dhabi. Zhang also expressed her admiration for Jedrzejczyk, saying that Jedrzejczyk passed the torch to her and that one day Zhang would pass it to someone else.

Jedrzejczyk (16-5) also spoke to Cormier after the fight. The former strawweight champion admitted her head was still ringing when she announced her retirement from the sport.

“Dana White, UFC, I’m so sorry I let you down,” Jedrzejczyk said tearfully. “It’s been 20 years. I’ll be 35 this year. I want to be a mom. I want to be a businesswoman. I’ve been exercising for two decades. More than half my life. I appreciate you all. I love you guys. I love you guys DC.”

UFC President White previously stated that the winner of Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk 2 will fight Esparza for the strawweight title. Jedrzejczyk retires as an acclaimed ex-champion. She successfully defended her strawweight crown five times against Jessica Andrade, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Claudia Gadehla, among others.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.