UFC Free Fight: Zhang Weili blasts Joanna Jedrzejczyk's head in classic fight of all time


Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk put everything on the line in what is arguably the biggest women's fight in UFC history.

During her first reign as strawweight champion, Weili defended her title against former titleholder Jedrzejczyk by a split decision in the co-main event of UFC 248 in March 2020, where both women stood and traded every five rounds.

The bout is sure to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame's fight wing at some point and is one of the most important victories on Weili's (24-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) resume as she seeks a title defense in her second reign at 115-pound -Winner at UFC 300 on April 13 when she takes on Yan Xiaonan (15-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC).

In Round 1, the pair began exchanging low kicks. Jedrzejczyk landed the first notable hit with a nice one-two combination, prompting Weili to increase the aggressiveness by throwing heat into the pocket. Weili continued to push forward and seemed to land the more decisive shots. She was awarded first round on two of the jury's three scorecards.

Jedrzejczyk continued to attack Weili's leading player in round 2. Weili tried to add variety with a takedown, but Jedrzejczyk fought it off. In the clinch, both women exchanged blows. Shortly afterwards, Weili managed to take Jedrzejczyk down with a strong right hand, which was followed by a short takedown. Towards the end of the round, Jedrzejczyk landed a nice left high kick.

In round 3, both fighters got off to an aggressive start. Weili seemed to slow down a bit, and Jedrzejczyk landed some of her best punches of the fight. This was the only round in which all three judges agreed, and they scored for Jedrzejczyk, who began to develop a massive hematoma on her forehead.

Things picked up in rounds 4 and 5, but Jedrzejczyk's forehead began to swell in earnest. However, that didn't stop them from pushing forward as both ladies continued to throw heavy leather into the bag. The rounds were close, so the scorecards were spread everywhere. In the end, however, it was Weili who won through a split decision and retained her title.

Weili meets Xiaonan in the co-main event of the historic UFC 300 event taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following the prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

Before their next title defense, relive Weili's fight with Jedrzejczyk in the video above.

For more information on the card, check out MMA Junkie's UFC 300 event hub.

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