UFC star Joanna Jedrzejczyk pictured leaving hospital with gruesome injury

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been spotted leaving hospital after suffering a gruesome haematoma during her defeat against Weili Zhang at UFC 248.

The 32-year-old was beaten on points by Whang in a fight widely regarded as the greatest female MMA battle in history.

But after playing her part in a brutal five-round war, Jedrzejczyk was rushed to hospital having developed a huge haematoma – which is a large bruise under the skin that causes a major swelling.

Fortunately, ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani has confirmed she was later discharged from hospital with no significant injuries.

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Zhang was also taken to hospital after the bout, which saw her retain the UFC strawweight title in Las Vegas.

UFC president Dana White was thrilled with the contest, leading the plaudits afterwards by posting on Twitter: “F*****g incredible fight!”

Despite her forehead swelling up during the third round, Jedrzejczyk continued to show plenty of heart at the T-Mobile Arena.

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In the end, though, the Polish fighter wasn’t rewarded for her efforts when Zhang’s hand was raised on a split-decision points result.

Two judges had it 48-47 for the champion, while a third had the same score in favour of Jedrzejczyk.

After the victory, Zhang said: “I wasn't really sure that I got it, it was a great performance and we're all martial artists here.

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“We’re artisans, we don't want any trash talk here, we want mutual respect. We want to set a good example for the kids.”

In the main event of the evening at UFC 248, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya laboured to a points win over Yoel Romero.

Fans were left unimpressed with the contest, which was made to look slightly bleak after such an enthralling battle between Whang and Jedrzejczyk.

White blamed Romero for the disappointing affair, saying: “He literally went out and stood in the middle of the … when the bell rang in the first round, just stood there with his hands up. You know what I mean?

“You’re going in and facing the world champion. This is your last shot at a championship. You shouldn’t even be here getting this title fight. It should be Paulo Costa. If he didn’t get hurt, you don’t even get this opportunity.

“You go in, and you do everything you can to win that fight. He literally did none of that.”

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