A fan would make an image of Jedrzejczyk standing next to Zhang while wearing a gas mask, which was an obvious shot at the coronavirus currently ravaging Zhang’s home country of China.
Jedrzejczyk would share the image via Instagram stories, which ZombieProphet would show on Twitter:
Zhang, not happy with Jedrzejczyk joking about the coronavirus, would issue the following statement on Instagram:
To make fun of tragedy is a true sign of ones character. 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.
“Hey champ, hey Weili. 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 coronavirus has currently affected over 6,000 people in China and the world over according to CNN, with 132 people dying from the virus.
UFC 248 takes place on Saturday, March 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.