Jedrzejczyk retires after she’s face-planted in new loss to Weili in rematch of fight that left her face unrecognisable

JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK has retired from UFC after being knocked out in her rematch with Zhang Weili.

The star was famously left looking unrecognisable, and self-admittedly looking like a zombie, after her brutal defeat to the same opponent back in 2020.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has retired from UFC after her rematch loss to Zhang Weili

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk has retired from UFC after her rematch loss to Zhang WeiliCredit: Getty
She was famously left unrecognisable after her brutal defeat in the first fight in 2020

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She was famously left unrecognisable after her brutal defeat in the first fight in 2020Credit: Getty

And now she has called it a day inside the cage after she was knocked out again by her Chinese rival at UFC 275 in Singapore last night.

Jedrzejczyk was left face down on the canvas after she was caught with a stunning spinning backfist.

Afterwards she laid down her gloves in the middle of the octagon – which is the traditional sign that a fighter is planning to retire.

And the brave warrior then confirmed that she will not be fighting anymore.

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She said: “Guys, I love life so much.

“I will join DC’s [Daniel Cormier] league. I’m retired, guys. I love you so much. Thank you for the support.

“It’s been 20 years. I’m turning 35 this year. I want to be a mom.

“I want to be a businesswoman. I’ve been training more than half of my life. I love you guys.

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“Dana [White], so sorry I let you down, man. Lorenzo [ Fertitta], when you were still here. Hunter [Campbell], 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.”

Former strawweight title holder Jedrzejczyk then added: “I was a dominant champion with five successful title defences.

“I lost and there were ups and downs but I can’t wait to enjoy my retirement. No more hard work, no more being on point with making weight or sleeping!

“The UFC has changed my life and I’m trying to give back as much as I can but it’s time for myself and my closest people, my family, to be together.”

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Weili said: “I’m very, very happy for this fight.

“I told myself I would use all my assets to beat my opponent. I’m very, very calm and relaxed for this fight. I really want to say to Joanna, she is a fighter, she is a warrior.”

Zhang Weili emerged triumphant after their latest meeting

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Zhang Weili emerged triumphant after their latest meetingCredit: Getty

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