Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk produced one of the most scintillating fights on the UFC 248 card this past Saturday night with many fans in the MMA community believing it to be the greatest fights seen inside the Octagon.
It seems quite fitting that on the eve of International Women’s Day that the MMA world witnessed an exhilarating display between two of the UFC’s fiercest female athletes.
Recency bias usually gets the better of us and I certainly include myself in that but having watched the fight standing up for the duration of the 25 minutes, I couldn’t help but come away with the opinion that what I had just watched was easily one of the best title fights in UFC history.
As MMA fans we’ve been treated to some absolute wars over the years. Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald 2, Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson and Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 come to mind but in Zhang vs Jedrzejczyk we got an instant classic that will sit alongside the pantheon of great title fights and may have even surpassed several of them.
It’s remarkable to think that UFC President Dana White was so vehemently against having female competitors in the UFC once upon a time. How (thankfully) wrong he was.
After a bruising performance, China’s Zhang was able to out-point Jedrzejczyk on the judges score card and retain her title in her first defence.
With over 600 strikes thrown throughout the course of the 25 minute battle, both combatants can feel proud of their efforts and know that they’ve cemented their place in the annals of not just UFC history but MMA history after that incredible fight.
I’m sure nobody would say no to a second offering of that fight in the future that’s for sure.