UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko believes that her former opponent, Joanna Jedrzejczyk had done enough to get the win at UFC 248.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk challenged Weili Zhang for her UFC women’s strawweight title in the co-main event at UFC 248, losing the bout by a close split decision. This was Zhang’s 1st UFC title defence and it turned out to be an action packed 5-round war. Many fans, media and other fighters regard the contest as the greatest women’s fight in UFC history. UFC president Dana White called it “one of the best fights” he’s ever seen.
A lot of spectators believed that the decision should have been awarded to Jedrzejczyk, including Conor McGregor. Jedrzejczyk actually outlanded her opponent in total significant strikes, but the visual damage that she suffered could have very well been the deciding factor for the judges.
Her former opponent, Valentina Shevchenko also shares McGregor’s views on who really won the fight. See what the UFC women’s flyweight champion wrote on her Twitter below:
“Agree”, Shevchenko wrote in response to McGregor’s tweet implying that Zhang should have lost on the judges scorecards.
After losing to Zhang, Joanna Jedrzejczyk now has a professional MMA record of 16-4, being 2-4 in her last 6 fights. It’s worth mentioning that all of her 4 losses have come in title fights. Jedrzejczyk previously challenged Shevchenko for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight title at UFC 231, losing by unanimous decision.
Despite her recent losses, Jedrzejczyk clearly showed in her last outing against Weili Zhang at UFC 248 that she still remains an elite fighter. The Polish fighter developed a hematoma on her forehead in the 3rd round, which kept growing larger throughout the remainder of the bout. Even with the extent of her injury, the former champion kept on fighting, demonstrating exceptional heart, skill and determination.
She was taken to the hospital following the fight at UFC 248 and her team have since released an update on the former champions health.
As for Valentina Shevchenko, she is set to defend her UFC women’s flyweight title at UFC 251 against Joanne Calderwood. This will be her 4th-title defence, since winning it against Jedrzejczyk in December of 2018.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 9th March, 2020.
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