Co-headlining UFC 248 was an intriguing strawweight title bout between two very different kinds of strikers in Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The Chinese champion’s first title defense was against the former long time champion, and the pair put on an absolute show in one of the best title fights in UFC history. In the end, it was a close split decision, with the Chinese champion retaining her belt in an instant classic.
Watch highlights and footage of the bout below, along with a snippet from our play-by-play of the contest.
Round 5 - Both women are bloodied and batter. They hug to start the round. They throw down right away. Body kick from Joanna. Combo from Zhang. Solid low kick from Jedrzejczyk. Joanna with a right over the top. Weili with a left hook that blew up Joanna’s nose! Weili with antother left hook, and a body kick. Joanna goes to the body. Joanna wih two huge left hooks! Weili wih her own! They both land again. Another left hook from Weili forces Joanna to clinch. Knee to the belly from Jedrzejczyk. They trade body kicks. High body kick from Jedrzejczyk. Inside leg kick from Weili. More kicks. They land straight lefts. Zhang with an elbow. Joanna with a huge spinning back fist! Zhang with a massive right, just before the horn! Holy cow! I have it 10-9 Weili but 48-47 Jedrzejczyk. No score would surprise me though.
Zhang Weili defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)