Zhang Weili ended Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s career with the brutal back punch
A new angle has highlighted just how sickening Zhang Weili’s knockout of Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the indoor stadium in Singapore at UFC 275 last weekend was.
The pair were looking back on their epic bout of the 2020 Strawweight Title Fight of the Year which Zhang Weili won by a close split decision.
Since it wasn’t for the belt currently held by Carla Esparza, their rematch was only scheduled for three rounds and not five this time around.
Leaving no doubt on this occasion, however, Weili delivered a sensational knockout punch over Jedrzejczyk in the second round.
While the original footage of the finish was shocking enough, an alternate angle shows how brutal Jedrzejczyk’s face on the ground was before the referee stepped in to stop the action.
“My God…” a well-known MMA journalist and podcaster captioned it when sharing the clip on social media.
“Looks like a snuff movie” one Twitter user pointed out, while another said Jedrzejczyk was “out”.
After the fight, the Pole admitted that she knew she was going to have a “Really difficult” night against Zhang and also knew his Chinese enemy “was going to shoot”.
“But I didn’t expect Weili to be so tough, so strong,” she also confessed.
Throwing down her gloves on the octagon floor after the loss, Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement while saying she loved life “so much” and will join “DC League” compared to former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who is now an expert.
Later asked to describe her career in one word, the former strawweight champion who made five successful title defenses chose “legacy”.
“When you read about legacy it means everything, you know? That you’ve done great things. So it’s a legacy. And I’ve always wanted to be remembered as one of the most great, and I will [be]”, she explained.
Jedrzejczyk went on to describe herself as a “neighborhood girl”. “And I’ve done some great things. Pretty big ones. I have to sit down and think about what I’ve got. [achieved]”, She has finished.
As for Zhang, she is now in line to challenge Esparza to reclaim the title she once held, and has already suggested Abu Dhabi as a potential venue despite knowing she will need to make improvements to her game to become champions again.
“I think there is no weak fighter in the top rankings”, she said the weekend. “So if I fight Carla, I have to improve my grappling, my BJJ, my wrestling. There’s nothing I particularly need to take care of. I just have to improve.
“MMA is above all sports so I don’t think we can be at a disadvantage so I want to be a complete fighter,” she concludes.