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Joanna Jedrzejczyk on facial injuries from UFC 248: ‘That’s the price we have to pay’

One of the biggest talking points from Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili’s all-time classic at UFC 248 was the massive hematoma the Polish former champion suffered during the fight. But Jedrzejczyk now reports the bruising is almost completely healed.

Despite taking significant damage in the thrilling strawweight bout, Jedrzejczyk remained in the fray and even appeared to rally as the bout wore on.

On the injury and the way it went viral, Jedrzejczyk admits she’s someone who prides themselves on cleanliness, and having such a visible injury was difficult.

“Honestly, I know I’m in a man’s sport, but I don’t think there is a sport for a girl or a sport for a guy – the world is free, (and) it’s the 21st century. I’m a very clean person, (and) my aesthetic, I like to keep it clean,” said Jedrzejczyk on this week’s episode of MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “My clothing...I take showers about four or five times a day! I’m very girly, so I hate myself when I’m like this, but that’s the price we have to pay.”

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Jedrzejczyk said every occupation has negative aspects. For fighters, the physical toll is one of the most significant.

“There’s always a [bad] side to your job or your [profession]. I hate it, man, I hate it and I want to take care of my health. Being an athlete, being in this sport, it changes your body; it changes your head, your mind; how you look and how you walk. It cost me a lot of sacrifices, changes in my body and I’m still a woman, I want to be attractive. And I want to be a mother in the future so I always want to take care of my health. In the UFC you have everything - good healthcare and they’re always taking good care of us.”

Despite the serious nature of the injury, the Polish fan favorite admitted that she found herself laughing at some of the memes relating to the injury online.

“There are still a few bruises, but I was laughing about the memes after my fight. Even though I cut myself off from social media I was still laughing, but I’m telling you guys from the next day, the swelling in my forehead went down and I couldn’t see out my left eye for two days. I had a vision of only five percent in my left eye - it was pretty rough. It is what it is, the swelling went down,” she said.

She also highlighted that she has a clean bill of health and has been thoroughly checked out in the aftermath of the memorable championship contest.

“I had an X-ray, I had an ultrasound, I had everything,” she said. “I went to the plastic surgeon in Poland and I small medical procedure on my ear. Everything is good with my head. I’m good!”

Check out Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s return to Eurobash. It begins at 1:57:00.

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