Fight fans were treated to an absolutely eye-popping battle for the women's strawweight title at UFC 248. Champion Weili Zhang and former titlist Joanna Jedrzejczyk fought each other to a standstill in Saturday night's co-main event in Las Vegas, with Zhang defending the title by the narrowest of decisons after five grueling, brilliant rounds.
And by the time this instant classic was over, Joanna's forehead was so swollen that she looked like some kind of "Star Trek" alien.
Good god. It's a testament to the sheer toughness of this all-time great fighter that she put on such a terrific showing under the bright lights despite all the damage she took. In fact, if you thought she deserved to win, you'd be far from alone.
But to the victor go the spoils. And hey, it's not like Zhang walked away from this thing unscathed.
No athlete wears their wounds quite like an MMA fighter. What we were treated to on this night betwen two true superstars of the game is the stuff of legend, and they've got the scars to prove it.