Before walked into her first battle with Rose Namajunas at UFC 217, Joanna Jedrzejczyk was on the verge of becoming the face of women’s MMA. She was undefeated, and it was hard to fathom anyone stopping her anytime soon. Well, Namajunas shock the MMA world by scoring a stunning first-round TKO win over Jedrzejczyk to become the new women’s strawweight champion and handed Joanna the first loss of her career.
Jedrzejczyk was able to defend the title for five consecutive times successfully and is determined to get back her title which belongs to her. This is the first time Joanna will be entering a title fight as a challenger:
“What I can say is it’s going to be bigger than my whole fight career,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAWeekly. “Only one night. Only one fight. It’s going to be bigger than 14 years of my fighting career. Mark my words.”
“I’m very confident. I just need to be patient and the queen is back.”
During her reign as a strawweight champion, Joanna began pondering a move up in weight to take over the burgeoning flyweight scene. This is something she still foresees but not without reclaiming the title, that she feels belong to her.
“If I won the fight with Rose Namajunas (at UFC 217), I was planning to move up because your body’s changing,” Jedrzejczyk said. “It’s not that I’m eating too much. I eat very clean. I eat very healthy but your body’s changing. You’re getting older, your body’s changing.”
“It was my plan to move up but right now I must, and I will get what belongs to me.”
UFC 223 is set to take place on Saturday, April 7, in Brooklyn, New York. Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will clash in the co-main event for strawweight title bout.
Do you think Joanna will successfully steel her title from Rose Namajunas?