Chinese UFC Champion Fires Back At Polish Opponent After Racist Coronavirus Taunts

Chinese UFC Champion Fires Back At Polish Opponent After Racist Coronavirus TauntsMriganka Chawla | Talent Recap

Chinese MMA fighter Zhang Weili recently faced off against her polish opponent Joanna Jedrzejczyk after Jedrzejczyk made racist taunts about the coronavirus.

This Saturday in Las Vegas, Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk threw down for 25 brutal minutes straight in an epic five-round battle that ended with judges awarding the split-decision victory to Zhang (47-48, 48-47, 48-47).

Saturday night was legendary not just because Zhang and Jedrzejczyk raised the level of MMA but because before the fight, on Thursday, the women posed for photos together at a media day for UFC 248. According to Next Shark, things appeared to get tense between them, as Zhang fired back at Jedrzejczyk’s jabs.

MMA Fighters Face Off After Coronavirus Taunts

Zhang Weili, China’s first UFC champion, posted a video of her face-off with Jedrzejczyk on Instagram. As the pair pose with their fists up for the cameras, Jedrzejczyk can be seen speaking to Zhang aggressively, although it’s hard to make out what she says.

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Zhang responds to Jedrzejczyk’s jabs by telling her repeatedly, “Shut up!” She has a smile on her face and makes the photographers laugh.

This confrontation takes place after Jedrzejczyk made a racist Instagram post about Zhang which appeared to refer to the coronavirus. Jedrzejczyk edited an image of her and Zhang to make it look like she’s wearing a gas mask.

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap Image via Next Shark

Zhang Responds To Coronavirus Jabs

In an interview, Zhang responded to her opponent’s post, saying, “I blame it on the cultural difference because, in China, we never make fun of people who are suffering from a tragedy. We help them out instead.”

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“She’s doing such a bad thing to my country and to my people, which is really disrespectful. But like I said, probably the cultural diversity from the Chinese cultural perspective, I can just let it go. I forgive it.”

Hey, you won Zhang, so we hear you!

The coronavirus appears to have originated in China. There have been over 100,000 cases worldwide so far. Zhang said it would be a “huge motivation” for people in her country if she won this weekend’s fight. And guess what? She did.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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