I know websites like to throw around those headlines like “Remember her? Don’t gasp when you see her now!” — but in this case I was genuinely shocked at the discoloration of Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s face nearly one week after UFC 248.
I guess that’s a result of her humongous hematoma (see it here).
The former UFC strawweight champion went through a grueling, five-round war against current 115-pound titleholder, Weili Zhang, last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a split-decision loss that could have gone either way (highlights here).
Here are some close ups, courtesy of Bloody Elbow:
“After the match, Joanna and I, we both met at the hospital,” Zhang said after the fight. “We arrived at the hospital almost at the same time. There was just a curtain between us. She kept crying for hours. I felt very sad. I especially wanted to comfort her. But the language barrier, I can only tell her, ‘Good job! You did very well. You are very good.’ Then she kept crying, covering her head.”
Jedrzejczyk, 32, is expected to have surgery on Monday.