Joanna Jedrzejczyk: “After Victory On Saturday, I Will Prove That I Am The GOAT Of Women’s MMA,”
The former women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has a unique opportunity to become the first female fighter to win belts in two different weight classes when she takes on former bantamweight title contender Valentina Shevchenko for vacant flyweight women’s title in the co-main event of UFC 231 on Dec. 8 from inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Jedrzejczyk said during a recent pre-fight press conference that all she needs a win on Saturday to prove everyone that she’s a greatest female fighter (GOAT) in women’s MMA history. An accomplishment would leave her with one of a kind legacy.
“After victory on Saturday I will prove that I am the GOAT of women’s MMA,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie at the UFC 231 pre-fight conference. I am so happy. This camp I realized how difficult it is and how the weight cut. How being on a strict diet for so many weeks. Can affect your body, your brain and your performance,” Jedrzejczyk said. “This camp was different because I was able to do more. Every camp I’m like, ‘Quantity over quality.’ But this camp it was quality and quantity every day.”
Both Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk shares history which is dated back to 2006. Both fought three times under Muay Thai rules, and Shevchenko came out victorious all three times.
Jedrzejczyk claims that those losses don’t matter when it comes to this fight as she’s in good condition and Shevchenko should be ready to deal a tough game on Saturday. The former champion is pretty thrilled about her move to flyweight and training camp ahead of Saturday’s bout.
“I am so happy, and this camp I realized how difficult it is and how the weight cut and how being on a strict diet for so many weeks can affect your body, your brain, and your performance,” Jedrzejczyk said. “This camp was different because I was able to do more. Every camp I’m like, ‘Quantity over quality.’ But this camp it was quality and quantity every day.”
Although Jedrzejczyk is looking to become the first female two-division champion, according to her that doesn’t mean her days at strawweight is over. She vowed to make a comeback next year and warned to those fighters who compete in that class about her impending return.
“Strawweights, bow down,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m coming back next year. Who else you see? Who else? Who is left? I beat all of them. All of them.”
Jedrzejczyk’s run as a strawweight champion snapped at UFC 217 when Rose Namajunas TKO’d her then again in the rematch at UFC 223 Namajunas walked over her via unanimous decision. Former champion bounced back from consecutive losses against Namajunas with a unanimous decision win over Tecia Torres in July.
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