With worldwide shutdowns and pauses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 became the year of binge-watching. Luckily, UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili had something good to watch – one of the best fights of all-time, her March 7 war with Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

“It was an honor to share the Octagon with Joanna and have the battle that we did,” said Zhang. “I have seen the fight many times now, too many to count. Not just because I watched it myself, but because it has been played over and over throughout the world. I’m happy that many people enjoyed the battle and I look forward to returning to the Octagon soon.”

For five rounds, Zhang and Jedrzejczyk showed the world just what mixed martial arts looks like at the highest level. It was 25 minutes of technique, heart and drama, and when it was over, Zhang had retained her title for the first time. It was a bout the 31-year-old knew was going to be epic from the time she signed the contract.

After Defending Her Title In 2020’s Fight Of The Year, We Checked-In With Strawweight Champion Zhang Weili
(L-R) Zhang Weili of China punches Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland in their UFC strawweight championship fight during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I knew Joanna and I were in a very exciting battle even before the actual fighting started,” Zhang said. “But as the fight progressed it was very evident that this was an epic fight because she brought out the best in me, which I believe I did to her as well.”

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