Joanna Jedrzejczyk, a former strawweight champ has her rematch against new champ Rose Namajunas slated for UFC 223 on April 7th in Brooklyn.
Last week, Joanna Jedrzejczyk revealed her gruesome weight cut disaster she went through for her title defense fight against Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 last November. She blamed bad weight cut that defeated her and said she experienced numb legs after cutting 15 pounds in 14 hours.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk recently, speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, where she explained how former bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, went through the same experience ahead of the Holly Holm fight at UFC 193 back in 2015. Ronda was famously knocked out by Holm, and Joanna tapped to a plethora of strikes by Rose Namajunas after getting crushed on the feet.
“I always wanted to talk to Ronda about how she felt the night before that night that she lost to Holly Holm,” Jedrzejczyk told Ariel Helwani (via MMA Fighting). “I was afraid to ask her before because I was winning.”
“Actually, we have one agent (in common) and I spoke to him and told him that my legs went numb and that I felt a bit groggy or something like this. The funny thing is Ronda felt the same way; she had a terrible weight cut before Holly Holm.”
Joanna Jedrzejczyk further stated that her and Ronda Rousey both had suffered a frozen brain as a result of demanding weight. She believes this led to both their losses.
“The funny thing is, people don’t believe that your brain can be frozen, but the weight cut can change the game,” she said. “It can and that’s the worse thing. It can (happen) and this is what happened to me and Ronda. We paid the price for the weight cuts and that’s the thing.”
“They didn’t go through the weight cut, so they don’t understand,” Jedrzejczyk said of their critics. “They don’t understand what we had to go through, but one day I will explain to all of them.”
Do you agree with Joanna’s remark about Ronda Rousey and herself?