Female UFC fighters disfigured after brutal battle set for rematch this weekend

The UFC fighters who were both left completely disfigured after their March 2020 battle are running it back this weekend.

Polish fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk and China's Weili Zhang went to war at UFC 248 in what some have called the best women's MMA fight of all-time. They inflicted a severe amount of punishment on each other and were each left virtually unrecognisable after the five rounds.

Jedrzejczyk, who came off worse and lost the split decision, has been absent from the Octagon ever since. But she is now returning to Dana White's promotion after putting pen to paper on a new six-fight deal.

And there will be no warm-up for the 16-4 34-year-old, as she is set for a rematch with Zhang at UFC 275 this weekend, albeit over three rounds this time.

Zhang, 21-3 in her career, has fought twice in the intervening period, losing both bouts to recently defeated strawweight champion Rose Namajunas last year. Their boss White has confirmed the winner of the rematch will go on to face newly crowned champion Carla Esparza.

Jedrzejczyk is confident of avenging her defeat two years and three months ago. She told MMA Fighting: “I’m a real warrior when I step into the Octagon.

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"I take this fight, but I know that I have more tools, and I can be better and more smarter fighter in the octagon during the fight, so I don’t need to exchange only and get this damage. I just need to be more smarter with using my tools, and I will do that this time.

“This fight I feel is going to be different. Sometimes I just took the fight and I should be smarter and I took a big lesson and I will change this.

“Weili Zhang scored most of her punches when she was countering with her cross, with her right hand. We have to make some adjustments and we’re going to be fine.

“I was standing too much in front of her. I was working on moving more before that fight but like I said, I’m a warrior. I took the fight [to her], I went into the battle, into the war and we are going back and forth.”

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