Coach Pat Barry Criticizes Joanna Jedrzejczyk For Not Accepting The Rose Namajunas Defeats
Joanna Jedrzejczyk got back on the winning column after defeating top contender Tecia Torres via unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 30 last Saturday night (July 28, 2018) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Despite being defeated twice by the hands of Rose Namajunas, Joanna refuses to accept Namajunas is the best in the division, instead of labeling her self for that honor.
According to Namajunas coach Pat Barry, Joanna is no longer a champion and needs to understand that by not accepting the losses to Rose, she is only hurting herself to grow as a fighter.
“I think that Joanna is f*cking herself over by not accepting defeat,” Barry told MMA Fighting at Thursday’s UFC 227 media day. “That’s why she lost to Valentina three times. Lost the first time, she got robbed. Lost the second time, she got robbed. Lost the third time. Knockout to Rose, wasn’t her fault. Lost a decision, wasn’t her fault. She wants to fight Rose again. She’s not going to be able to. It’s still going to be Rose.”
“You can grow from losing,” said Barry, who will corner JJ Aldrich for her main-card fight with Polyana Viana on Saturday night. “If you’re not going to grow from that, how are you going to get better? It’s not her fault that anything ever want wrong in her life. It’s everyone else’s fault but hers.
“Honestly, as good as Joanna is — she’s a f*cking fantastic athlete, she’s a dominant athlete, one of the best female fighters to ever live, ever — if she accepted the responsibility for it, how much better would she get? How much better would she be if she accepted it, worked on making some changes? How much better would she be? But she’s been so dominant for so long, I don’t think she’s going to make any changes.”
In their first encounter, Rose knocked-out Joanna at UFC 217 last November, then five months later via unanimous decision in an instant rematch.
Joanna declared after winning the match she wouldn’t accept any fight then title. She also suggested UFC could create an interim title if Rose avoids the trilogy. Coach Barry went on to say; trilogy makes no sense at the moment, Rose will beat Joanna again if something happens.