Joanna Jedrzejczyk opens up about terrible weight cutting mistakes for her loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.
She vowed to come back stronger than ever and still cocky, but she did cryptically say that something happened during the lead up to the UFC 217 fight, which she never discussed previously. The former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna said in a video interview with Przemysław Osiak of Przeglad Sportowy in her native Poland, reveals an experience she compared to torture.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk w @przeglad pierwszy raz tak otwarcie o katorżniczym zbijaniu wagi, które jej zdaniem spowodowało przegraną z Rose Namajunas. Cały wywiad na stronie Przeglądu Sportowego, wieczorem na Youtube https://t.co/3xTHDGzJTK pic.twitter.com/XxR3HPT5iy
— Przemysław Osiak (@PrzemyslawOsiak) December 8, 2017
“People I worked with led me to critical condition. Now I’m just happy that I’m alive. I was screaming. It didn’t matter it was very late. The pain of putting my body back again in hot water was unimaginable. But I wanted to do it for everybody who wanted to see my fight. It’s a miracle I made weight. I was cutting weight for 14 hours. It was torture. I trusted them. Unfortunately, they failed, and this mistake is unforgivable. I forgive them as a human because that’s who I am and probably our relationship will remain, but I can’t cooperate with such people anymore.”
So Joanna officially no longer cooperates with Perfecting Athletes. A few months after Ray Borg did the same and was criticized by her. She was always praising them, in every single interview. She will no longer live in their house. Will rent sth near ATT. https://t.co/6x7Iyvfzyo
— Bartek Stachura (@Lowkingpl) December 8, 2017
Joanna had to cut about 16 pounds in 14 hours to make weight— and the botch has led her to split with her nutrition team, Perfecting Athletes team of Paulina Indara. As a result of this harrowing experience, the former champ Joanna has left her team Perfecting Athletes.
“It was an accident what happened,” Jedrzejczyk said, translated from Polish. “I know that I should have won the match, and I know that I could have won the match. … The people that I was working with led me to a critical state.
“I told my doctor I need to do whatever to weigh 115. I don’t care if I have to be in a tub with whatever temperature. It gets harder and harder as you get older to cut weight.”
Watch: Joanna’s grueling weight cut video:
Jedrzejczyk is no stranger to difficult weight cuts and has repeatedly talked about going up to the flyweight class, especially since the UFC opened up the 125-pound weight class this year.