The UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) used cutthroat words for her opponent Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) today during a media call. UFC 217 is just a week away, and competitors are leaving no stone unturned during promotions to talk trash about each other. Joanna aims to notch on her sixth title defense against Rose on November 4 at Madison Square Garden.
As many fans know, Namajunas, a sexual abuse survivor earlier in her life, her late father was a schizophrenic who eventually had to left the family. How she overcome her personal demons and try to be an inspiration to fans. Joanna was aggressively pursuing Rose at every turn by using her past.
“Hey, listen to yourself, you didn’t want to do media, you didn’t want to do extra media — how are you going to be a champion and deal with all the things? You know what, you are not strong mentally. You are mentally unstable and you are broken already and I will break you in the fight. This country’s been amazing to me. I think that you have some personal problems, and I will show you what’s your problem, OK? You’re never going to be a champion.” — Joanna Jedrzejczyk on today’s UFC 217 conference call.
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) October 21, 2017
Namajunas, however, unwillingly refused to engage in any slang conversation with Joanna and said she brought deeply personal issues into the fight. She explained why this fight means so much to her than most. Rose didn’t allow herself to become emotional in response to her insult and disregard Joanna’s threats. Moreover, Rose said I don’t care whatever she does or whatever she is saying, it fine, for me conquering personal demons is more important.
“I’m not sure if it’s maybe a cultural difference or something like that, but for me, [mental illness] is not something that’s taken lightly. My family has been torn apart by this. My dad died and he wasn’t in my life because he had schizophrenia, so it’s been something that my entire family has been fighting against since I can remember. So, this fight means a lot to me, and it’s not just about the belt. It’s more than that, and I just want to inspire other people to f-cking do whatever the f-ck you want to do, and do what makes you happy, and be a good person, and you can overcome anything.” — Rose Namajunas on today’s UFC 217 conference call.
Watch the conference call below: