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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Plans on Earning ‘GOAT’ Status at UFC 231, Returning to Strawweight in 2019

Joanna Jedrzejczyk plans on leaving UFC 231 as flyweight champion, a victory that in her mind will cement her status as the top female fighter in mixed martial arts history.
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Did Joanna Jedrzejczyk Just Get Screwed by the UFC?

It’s tough being a former champ, and that’s probably especially true if you’re Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The former queen of the strawweight division put the new weight class on the map, and beat nearly everyone put before her. She also got to be the center of the UFC universe – or at least a part of it – and entire cards were erected around her fights.

Now, she’s offered match-ups, and after she agrees to them, they get snatched away and given to others.

In case you didn’t know, the UFC was struggling to find a title fight for UFC 230, and nothing was coming together for the Madison Square Garden show. Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, was supposedly going to take on Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title at UFC 231. Then came the ol’ switcheroo, and now Shevchenko will scrap against Sijara Eubanks for that belt. Where does that leave the former strawweight champ?

In the cold, apparently.

And she’s a little peeved about it. As per an Instagram post:

 

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Did Joanna Jedrzejczyk Just Get Screwed by the UFC?

It’s tough being a former champ, and that’s probably especially true if you’re Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The former queen of the strawweight division put the new weight class on the map, and beat nearly everyone put before her. She also got to be the center of the UFC universe – or at least a part of it – and entire cards were erected around her fights.

Now, she’s offered match-ups, and after she agrees to them, they get snatched away and given to others.

In case you didn’t know, the UFC was struggling to find a title fight for UFC 230, and nothing was coming together for the Madison Square Garden show. Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, was supposedly going to take on Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title at UFC 231. Then came the ol’ switcheroo, and now Shevchenko will scrap against Sijara Eubanks for that belt. Where does that leave the former strawweight champ?

In the cold, apparently.

And she’s a little peeved about it. As per an Instagram post:

 

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Says She’s ‘Gotten Offer’ to Fight Valentina Shevchenko

The Ultimate Fighting Championship hasn’t announced who Valentina Shevchenko will face for the vacant women’s strawweight crown, but there’s a pretty decent chance her opponent could be former muay Thai rival Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
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Midnight Mania! Joanna Jedrzejczyk is ‘very open’ to flyweight bout against Shevchenko

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Former strawweight champion and all-time great Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is very open to facing Valentina Shevchenko up a weight class, at flyweight.

“Who knows – maybe this year,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie, adding: “The thing is, I’m very open to move up and face Valentina. I always want to face the best athletes, the best fighters in the world, and Valentina is one of the greatest muay Thai and also MMA fighters.

“I’m very open, but I must sit down and discuss some things. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Shevchenko has beaten Jedrzejczyk three times on the amateur kickboxing circuit. Joanna sees 125 in her future, and another meeting with Shevchenko as very possible. The recent stripping of flyweight champion Nicco Montano has opened speculation that this is the bout to make for the vacant title.

“One of my biggest dreams is becoming a champion in the 125-pound division and becoming a champion in two different divisions,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m still dreaming about it, and I know it’s going to happen sooner than later.”

Jedrzejczyk most recently defeated Tecia Torres by unanimous decision, bouncing back from a unanimous decision loss to current strawweight queen Rose Namajunas.


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Valentina Shevchenko Says She’ll Gladly Fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk For Vacant 125-Pound Title

Valentina Shevchenko is ready to move on with her Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight career, and she already has a next step in mind.
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Namajunas: The More Jedrzejczyk Talks, The Stupider She Sounds

Namajunas says she’s losing respect as former champ Jedrzejczyk refuses to acknowledge reality.

UFC strawweight champ Rose Namajunas is taking some time off, partially to let a compression fracture in her neck heal, and partially to let the 115 pound division shake out some new contenders. As far as Rose is concerned, that’s just as essential of a process as the healing, because there isn’t a lot of clear cut challengers since she dethroned Joanna Jedrzejczyk and beat her in the rematch.

Jedrzejczyk is still talking like she’s the best, but the only way that affects Namajunas is in her opinion of the former strawweight champ.

“It don’t really bother me,” Namajunas told MMA Fighting. “I know at this point it just kind of sounds silly. The more she talks, the more she just makes herself sound stupid.”

”For me, I like to just try and be positive about everything as much as possible. Of course, you can get dragged into silly shit. I just remind myself that she was a great champion. I looked up to her at one point in my life for a reason and I just try and remember what she did for the sport and just kind of leave it at that. She was a great champion, but now it’s my time. And eventually she’s gotta come to terms with that and be OK with it.”

“I don’t know what she’s thinking, really,” Namajunas continued later. “But I know what she’s saying and she’s saying I’m scared of this or that. I think all that’s really showing is she don’t want to fight the best. She don’t want to fight me, when she knows I’m the best. She wants me to try and lose to somebody else or something, so she can challenge them or something. But she don’t really want to beat the best — and that’s me.”

“Regardless of whatever she wants, whatever is gonna happen is gonna happen and I’m gonna still keep living my life and just remember that she was a great champion. She was a great champion.”

Namajunas has gone so far as to say she’d give Joanna a third fight … if she admits who the best strawweight in the world really is. Since that’s not all that likey, she’s now looking forward to the Jessica Andrade vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz fight at UFC 228 in the hopes that it will give her an opponent for the end of the year.

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Pat Barry: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Won’t Grow as a Fighter Until She Accepts Her Losses

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk refuses to believe current champion Rose Namajunas is the best woman in the division despite the fact she has been bested by her twice. While Namajunas hasn’t responded to these claims, her trainer and fiancé Pat Barry didn’t hold back, suggesting Jedrzejczyk will never grow as a fighter if she doesn’t accept defeat in her career.
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Barry: Jedrzejczyk ‘F*cking Herself’ By Not Accepting Defeat

Joanna Jedrzejczyk recently explained why she — and not Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas — is the real division queen, despite losing to “Thug Rose” in consecutive bouts.

According to Rose’s partner and coach Pat Barry, “JJ” is not doing herself any favors by not accepting defeat, saying that she isn’t getting better because she fails to accept the losses and learn from them.

“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,” he added.

Rose initially knocked Joanna out at UFC 217 last year (see it), only to defeat her her five months later via unanimous decision in an instant rematch. Still, despite both losses, Joanna — for whatever reason — refuses to give Rose her props.

“You can grow from losing. 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,” said Barry.

“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.”

Joanna has declared she won’t accept any other rematch unless it a title fight, and is willing to wait for Rose to do her thing in order to make it happen. Still, given the fact that Namajunas has schooled her twice, a trilogy fight really doesn’t make all that much sense at the moment.

Still, Pat says the champ will beat her again if that’s what it has to be.

“No, we know Rose is a better fighter,” Barry said. “She beat her twice. There’s no discussion. There’s no discussion. If Joanna is the better fighter, she’d be the champ right now. But she’s not. Rose is. She knocked her out, and then she beat her ass for five rounds,” he said.

“Rose wants to fight whoever’s the best. If Joanna is the second best or the next best whoever it is, Rose wants to fight the best. Whoever’s out there. But is she entertaining the idea of fighting Joanna again? Sure, if that’s what comes around. Been there, done that.”

Namajunas is currently taking time off to recover from injuries, while Joanna got back onto the winning track last Saturday (July 28, 2018) by defeating Tecia Torres at UFC 230. As for her requests for a third fight against Namajunas, that may be tough to come by as the winner of the upcoming fight between Jessica Andrade and Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 228 could have a leg up on the title shot.

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Torres ‘Not Scared’ Of Jedrzejczyk After Standing Toe-To-Toe For UFC Calgary

Talented UFC women’s strawweight contender Tecia Torres will have the biggest opportunity of her career tonight (Sat., July 28, 2018) at UFC ON FOX 30 live on FOX from inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, when she takes on former 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Torres, 28, has been fighting some of the best women in the world since making her debut in Invicta FC back in 2012. The former Ultimate Fighter alum holds victories over notable names like Michelle Waterson, Paige VanZant, Felice Herrig, Angela Hill, and Bec Rawlings, but she’s never faced someone quite as polarizing as “Joanna Champion.”

Torres got all the Jedrzejczyk she could handle during UFC on FOX 30’s media day faceoffs earlier this week in Calgary. Luckily, “Tiny Tornado” wasn’t fazed by Jedrzejczyk’s aggressive staredown and verbal trash talk.

“I thought it would be a little bit more than that,” Torres told reporters (h/t MMAjunkie). “It is what it is, but it was fine. She’s not scary at all.”

Jedrzejczyk, who is coming off back-to-back losses to current UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, is known to push the limit when confronting her opponents on stage. She did her best to shake Torres up, but it doesn’t seem like it worked.

“She said, ‘Welcome to hell,’” Torres said. “I told her, ‘I’m not scared.’ Then she said, ‘Just wait until the octagon door closes.’ I said ‘OK, I’m ready.’ And that’s what it was.”

If Torres isn’t scared then maybe she’ll be able to get into the head of Jedrzejczyk when the two tango this weekend on big FOX and push herself into title contention with a massive win.

“On my end, I think it can catapult me to that No. 1 contender spot, as no one else has been able to beat Joanna except for Rose,” Torres said. “But should Joanna become victorious this weekend, I don’t think she’ll be catapulted right back in there.”

Despite her recent struggles inside of the Octagon, Jedrzejczyk remains one of the very best female fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) today. Her track record speaks for itself and Torres will have to put forth a perfect performance to walk away victorious.

“She’s going to be in for a surprise,” Torres said. “I think there hasn’t been many girls who could match her speed, and I’ll be able to do that.”

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