Weili Zhang has called out Joanna Jedrzejczyk for making fun of the deadly coronavirus that originated in the current strawweight champion’s homeland of China.
In a post on Instagram, Jedrzejczyk posted laughing emoji’s alongside a fake poster for their upcoming fight at UFC 248 that had been photoshopped to show the Polish fighter standing behind Zhang wearing a gas mask.
“To make fun of tragedy is a true sign of ones character,” Zhang responded. “People are dying, someones father, someones mother, someones child. Say what you want about me if it makes you feel stronger but do not joke about what’s happening here. I wish you good health until March 7th. I will see you soon.”
Jedrzejczyk has since replied apologizing for her original post, which she’s since removed from the site.
“Hey champ, hey Weili,” Jedrzejczyk wrote. “So sorry to make you feel bad, but I would never make fun of sick people of illness or virus. I didn’t want you to get offended, but I just made fun of the funny internet meme. So, so sorry, but still, I will see you on March 7th.”
The fight between them will serve as the co-main event on March 7th, which is headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring current champion israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero.