Joanna Jędrzejczyk explains her reason for retirement and if she would consider a comeback.
Former strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk will go down as one of the best female fighters in UFC history. She decided to leave the sport earlier this year and has been keeping busy in her retirement. She showed up during the UFC 281 fight week to speak to the media about what she has been up to and about her legendary career. While there she expressed her gratitude for the UFC and shared why there could be a slim chance of her wanting another fight.
Jędrzejczyk was clear that she had made her mind up about retiring and has indeed moved on to other ventures. She did however claim that one more dance in the organization could be a good thing to do and why she would be wary of doing so at this time.
“Sometimes I feel that I should give one more fight, I should give the last dance for fans because we had no time,” Jędrzejczyk said via MMA Junkie. “I was not prepared, and they were not prepared to say goodbye. So, like I said, it was the best camp in my fighting career. The last camp was the best camp, and I was in such a good shape. I’m not scared of losing, I’m scared of losing by knockout. I want to stay healthy. I want to stay healthy, and there’s a thin line I didn’t want to cross.”
Joanna Jędrzejczyk explains what role she would like to have in the UFC next
Since retiring back in June, Jędrzejczyk has been keeping herself busy. She has many business and sponsorship opportunities. She said she was learning how to race and could be making a career pivot. With all these ventures, she still wants to be part of the UFC. She is thinking of entering the managerial side of things.
“I’m super happy to be a part of the UFC and I’m looking forward to doing even more,” Jedrzejczyk said. “But I feel like I need to find what I would love to do with the UFC and where they see me placing. I want to be a manager and I want to take care of the fighters, and I’m planning to learn more about and maybe do to this direction.
If fighting is truly in her past, Jędrzejczyk might be finding herself in the UFC Hall of Fame in the future. She held the strawweight title for two years and defended the title five times, the most in divisional history.