We all witnessed on Saturday night at UFC 217 One of the biggest upsets of the year happened. Rose Namajunas wrecked Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s in the first round of their strawweight title tussle.
In a stunning and dominant upset, Namajunas needed just over three minutes to halt the title reign and growing legend of Joanna at UFC 217, one victory short of tying Ronda Rousey’s UFC women’s record of six title defenses.
Some have claimed that Joanna tapped to the Namajunas’ follow-up strikes from up top which led to the referee to stop the fight. But the dethroned former champion Joanna claims that she did not tap out to bring an end to the contest.
Jedrzejczyk speaking to The MMA Hour and said:
“Someone said that I tapped, I never tapped,”
“Are you kidding me? It was probably that I was trying to stand up, but I didn’t. It was a piece of a second for me.
“I know it took a while – from the punch to the ground and pound when I had the turtle position, but for me, it was a like a piece of a second. I know it was a few long seconds.
“It looks totally different than people think it is.”
Moreover, Jedrzejczyk said she believes that she must have been trying to stand up and simply got caught off balance as she tried to stabilize herself from the hand.
“I didn’t tap…I didn’t tap. I heard this, like two times, but come on…I didn’t tap…I didn’t tap. It was probably I was trying to stand up,” she said again.
“I didn’t know what was going on at that time probably. My body…I couldn’t get the right balance, you know? I didn’t tap, I never tapped, and I didn’t tap.”
she has experienced the first loss of her career and revealed that she was feeling slower than usual, which was very weird for her than she had in her previous outings.
“Believe me that it was a mistake, and I felt like I was not there,” she explained. “I got cut, she cut me up, and I felt like I was standing next to it watching it. I was like, ‘Let me go, what happened?’
“I didn’t see the punch, the power of the punch. She didn’t hit hard, you know, but the right to the point, I don’t know what happened.
“I just remember that during the warm-up I was feeling more slower than usually. I don’t know why I must go to the fight week and figure it out.”
Joanna is adamant that she did not tap out to ‘Thug rose’ ground and pound.
“Of course, I was out, but I don’t know why ” she replied when asked if it was the right time to stop the action.
“Maybe there was something wrong with my brain or head, but I don’t know. I will figure out what happened because it’s unusual.
“I have almost 100 fights in my time in boxing and kickboxing. I had 15 fights in MMA and nothing ever happened before. It was the first time I got cut; someone knocked me down.”
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