It would easy to write off former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. After all, she did get knocked out pretty handily by Rose Namajunas.
But to write her off would do a huge disservice to all that she’s accomplished – and all that she may yet still.
Whenever the UFC goes all-in on a new division, they hope to have a star shining bright and leading the way. For the new 115-pound female division, Jedrzejczyk was definitely that star.
She brought the violence to an extreme every time she set foot in the cage, dethroning TUF winner and inaugural champ Carla Esparza like she was nothing. Jedrzejczyk also defended the hell out of that belt, waging some serious wars against the likes of Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Claudia Gadelha, and established pretty firmly that among all the strawweights, she was the best.
At UFC 223, the Polish striking ace will get a chance to avenge that loss against Namajunas when they square up in the co-main event. Was Namajunas’ win a fluke? The result of a bad weight cut on Jedrzejczyk’s part? The act of a vengeful deity jealous of Jedrzejczyk’s success?
I don’t know. Neither does the UFC, but they’re hedging their bets that she can reclaim her belt by putting out some preview content on her behalf.
Maybe the former champ still has some more juice to squeeze.
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