Undisputed strawweight champion Zhang Weili and future Hall of Fame inductee Joanna Jedrzejczyk got together for dinner. The two talked about their two-bout series, reminiscing about their incredible UFC match.
In a spectacular showcase at UFC 292 last August, Zhang Weili demonstrated her prowess with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Amanda Lemos.
Anticipation builds as Zhang Weili prepares for her return to the Octagon at UFC 300 in April. This historic event will witness Weili facing off against fellow Chinese contender Yan Xiaonan. This marks a milestone as the first all-Chinese clash with a championship backdrop in UFC history.
On the other hand, Joanna Jedrzejczyk is the second-ever UFC strawweight champion. She concluded her illustrious career after a rematch knockout loss to Weili in 2022.
In a heartwarming reunion, Weili and Jedrzejczyk recently came together to reflect on their high-profile back-and-forths. The two champions shared cherished memories and capped off their encounter with a dinner.
In a video on her official Instagram account alongside Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Zhang Weili shared: “We are each other’s opponent in the cage. We all want to chase our dreams, to win the fight, but outside the Octagon, we are friends, we can have dinner together. We can talk to each other, we can be really good friends. So I’m really happy about it. JJ (Joanna Jedrzejczyk) is always a legend in my heart. She is always the champion – I want to learn from her.”
Despite bidding farewell to active competition, Joanna Jedrzejczyk contemplates a return to the sport. The Polish striking ace expresses her desire to secure strawweight gold one last time before concluding her career.
She stated: “I want to become the UFC strawweight champion one more time in my life. And I know I’m on a mission. And I feel like I’m getting closer.”
Beyond the fierce battles in the cage, their friendship and mutual respect shine. This makes the two women legends both inside and outside the Octagon.