Joanna Jedrzejczyk retires after 2nd brutal loss to UFC rival who disfigured her

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has retired after suffering another brutal defeat to UFC rival Zhang Weili in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Pole called time on a spectacular 16-year MMA career after being knocked out by a devastating spinning backfist in the second round of her UFC 275 clash. After being checked by medical staff, Jedrzejczyk revealed her plans to retire by laying out her gloves on the octagon floor.

She ends her career with a 16-5 record, having defended the 115-pound title on five occasions before losing it to Rose Namajunas in 2017. And she delivered the news in a heartfelt message in an interview with Daniel Cormier post-fight, despite signing a new multi-fight deal in April.

She said: “Guys, I love life so much. I will join DC’s league. I’m retired, guys. I love you so much. Thank you for the support.

“Dana, so sorry I let you down, man. Lorenzo, when you were still here. Hunter, matchmakers. But I want to give big credit, big thanks to all UFC employees. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. I love you guys. Every single person.

“It’s been 20 years. I’m turning 35 this year. I want to be a mum, I want to be a business woman. I’ve been training two decades, more than half of my life. I appreciate you all. I love you guys.”

Jedrzejczyk hadn’t fought in the UFC since a brutal battle with Zhang in March 2020. Labelled by some as the greatest female MMA fight of all time, Zhang emerged victorious thanks to a narrow points verdict.

But the contest took its toll on Jedrzejczyk, who was left unrecognisable at the final bell. Her forehead immediately ballooned to over double its normal size, making her look disfigured as a result of the brutal punishment she took inside the Octagon.

When the swelling eventually subsided, her face was left covered in bruises. It took just 18 days for her face to return to normal.

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