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Why Zhang Weili isn’t thinking of defending her UFC Strawweight title after brutal Joanna Jedrzejczyk fight

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Zhang Weili of China attends the press conference after the UFC Fight Night event at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on August 31, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)

Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk put on a great show at UFC 248

UFC Women’s Strawweight champion Zhang Weili isn’t thinking of defender her title yet after beating Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248.

Both women brought the house down in the five-round fight, and they gave it their all.

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Weili Zhang punches Joanna Jedrzejczyk to a split decision win at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

It was an incredible clash and will go down as one of the greatest fights ever in MMA history. Zhang was speaking with a translator to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and was asked several questions.

The Chinese star had a lot of praise for Joanna, who left with a massive swollen forehead injury after the fight.

“Oh yeah, she is tough. Not only mentally but physically. She took a lot of my shots. She is a great fighter, she is a warrior.

“Joanna told me to keep defending but said the future will be tough.”

The champion was then asked if she wanted a rematch with the Pole in the future and she was willing to take her on.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk at the end of her fight during a split decision loss to Weili Zhang in a strawweight title bout at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

However, she isn’t thinking of returning to the Octagon yet:

“So I didn’t think about it yet. Since I won the title I didn’t get a vacation or a holiday.”

Zhang beat Jessica Andrade to win the title, and this was her first defence. The Chinese star also said that she just wants a break and will think about the future and who she would fight.

No phone for Zhang

The fighter also shared another interesting bit of information regarding her mobile phone.

The champion revealed that her coach had taken the device away before the fight so that she wouldn’t be distracted by social media.

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Weili Zhang punches Joanna Jedrzejczyk during her split decision win to retain her strawweight title at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Helwani was surprised that such drastic measures were taken, and Zhang had to give up her phone one month before the fight.

Zhang only recently got the mobile back and was flooded with congratulatory messages. The Chinese star lost just one fight in her MMA career and deserves a bit of a break for now.

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