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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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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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Why does one of these guys have to lose?

Nick Newell killed with this one. Let’s all give him a hand.

I had seen some of these knockouts, but not all of them.

Impressionist Al Foran does a remarkably good Conor McGregor.

Great for Tyron Woodley

Of course Colby Covington had a comeback. This one was at least somewhat funny

Las Vegas… California? Tito Ortiz remains indefatigably Tito.

This Jackie-Chan style KO was only sobered by the fact it occurred on concrete. Hopefully the guy was okay.

John Lineker vs. Petr Yan would be must-see TV.

This bulldog choke with a rear-naked choke grip is a fascinating look into American catch wrestling.

Conor McGregor is training a lot of bodyshots.


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The knockouts were the body-stiffening kind tonight, and this was perhaps the best of the bunch:

The timing on this deserves two looks

Right hook for the ages

Those follow-up punches were brutal and unnecessary.

Backing up doesn’t always mean losing


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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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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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Joanna: I Will ‘Never Ever’ Call Rose The Best Strawweight In The World

Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk returned to form last night (Sat., July 28, 2018) at UFC on FOX 30 from inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, when she defeated formidable contender Tecia Torres via unanimous decision.

Despite dropping her last two Octagon appearances to current divisional champion Rose Namajunas, Jedrzejczyk was able to channel her former dominant self and outclass Torres at almost every turn. Her takedown defense was perfect, her range control kept the smaller Torres at bay, and her Muay Thai once again led the damage count.

As a former champion on the rebound, this was a big step for Jedrzejczyk. Even though she lost to Namajunas in back-to-back contest Jedrzejczyk isn’t ready to address “Thug” as the better fighter, especially after a superb outing against Torres.

“I will not do this,” Jedrzejczyk said at UFC on FOX 30’s post-fight press conference (video replay here). “Never ever. She wants my honor? She must earn that. If she’s going to run, they’re going to make an interim belt. She was saying she’s afraid Conor McGregor will show up again and make a mess like he did before Brooklyn. He is not going to do this. Don’t be afraid, Rose. Come on. Just fight. Just face the best. You should face [Jessica] Andrade.

“If not, I will chase you. If you hold the belt, I will chase you. Until the next fight. That’s it.”

Jedrzejczyk, 30, has only lost to Namajunas in her entire professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Her track record and recent performance against “Tiny Tornado” at UFC Calgary would suggest she could lock down another title fight with “Thug,” but history shows that UFC is reluctant to book a trilogy fight if one fighter already holds all the wins.

That doesn’t seem to both the former UFC champion as she believes her legacy at 115 pounds is enough to warrant another shot at Namajunas.

“Rose saying that she will give me the third fight after I will say that she is the best? No way,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Maybe you beat me, and you’re the champion, and you won, but your legacy is not that big. You should bow down because I am the queen. I give her respect.”

For now, Jedrzejczyk will have to put her nose to the grindstone and do whatever the promotion requires her to do to fight again for the women’s strawweight title. Until that day comes, the Polish queen is unwilling to recognize Namajunas as being the better mixed martial artist.

“No way I’ll say Rose is the best,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Maybe you beat me, you’re the champion and you won. But your legacy isn’t that big. You should bow down, because I am the queen.”

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UFC on FOX 30 Primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Tecia Torres and the Brief Window to Glory

Polish striker Joanna Jedrzejczyk was on top of the world, or at least the top of the UFC’s strawweight division, for a long time. But back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas have left us where Jedrzejczyk’s new place in the food chain lies. Well, Saturday’s UFC on FOX 30 will give us an answer to that, with the former champ taking on TUF vet Tecia Torres.

Torres has done well for herself in the Octagon, losing to Namajunas and Jessica Andrade but beating everyone else, including the highly-touted Michelle Waterson. She’s never quite managed to do anything that earned her a title shot, but with Jedrzejczyk, there’s a brief window of glory opening up. Because what happens when you beat the ex-champ in clear and convincing fashion? Usually, it means you get a shot at the current champ.

That window doesn’t really exist for Jedrzejczyk. Even if she does some sort of Matrix-Neo stuff and kicks Torres through the fence and into the crowd, it’s unlikely that that would warrant a third fight with Namajunas. At best, it just cements her spot as second best in a division where there could literally be about three second-best fighters.

Anyway, both fighters are pretty big deals at this stage, so here’s a Road to the Octagon vid in their honor.

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UFC on FOX 30 Primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Tecia Torres and the Brief Window to Glory

Polish striker Joanna Jedrzejczyk was on top of the world, or at least the top of the UFC’s strawweight division, for a long time. But back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas have left us where Jedrzejczyk’s new place in the food chain lies. Well, Saturday’s UFC on FOX 30 will give us an answer to that, with the former champ taking on TUF vet Tecia Torres.

Torres has done well for herself in the Octagon, losing to Namajunas and Jessica Andrade but beating everyone else, including the highly-touted Michelle Waterson. She’s never quite managed to do anything that earned her a title shot, but with Jedrzejczyk, there’s a brief window of glory opening up. Because what happens when you beat the ex-champ in clear and convincing fashion? Usually, it means you get a shot at the current champ.

That window doesn’t really exist for Jedrzejczyk. Even if she does some sort of Matrix-Neo stuff and kicks Torres through the fence and into the crowd, it’s unlikely that that would warrant a third fight with Namajunas. At best, it just cements her spot as second best in a division where there could literally be about three second-best fighters.

Anyway, both fighters are pretty big deals at this stage, so here’s a Road to the Octagon vid in their honor.

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UFC 223 Primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Still Has More Juice to Squeeze

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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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Lugging That Olympic Torch Around

It is apparently a great honor for an athlete to carry around the Olympic torch for whatever Olympic Games loom. You know, something about representing your country and all that. So yeah, former UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk seems pretty stoked to be lugging the thing around for the upcoming winter games in Pyeongchang, South […]

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk: My next fight will be for UFC title because I’m the strawweight queen

Joanna Jedrzejczyk suffered the first loss of her mixed marital arts (MMA) career at UFC 217 a few weeks ago after Rose Namajunas knocked her out in the very first round, taking her Strawweight strap in the process.

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But after building up the division and defending the title five straight times before suffering defeat, “JJ” says she is set to get an immediate rematch against “Thug Rose.”

“I already spoke to the UFC, and my return is set,” Jedrzejczyk said to InTheCagePL as translated by Fan Sided. “My next fight will be for the title belt. I don’t know if Rose is going to want to fight in a month, in January or in February. I’ll spend the next two months in Poland with my family,” add Joanna.

Indeed, it isn’t out of the ordinary for the promotion to grant a champions who has dominated the division for so long a chance to reclaim the strap in his or her next fight following a loss, as was the case with Ronda Rousey.

Taking nothing away from Rose’s win, Joanna says her foe was as shocked s anyone from the result of that fateful night inside Madison Square Garden. And though she may now be the owner of the belt, Rose will never be the true queen of the division, according to the Polish-born fighter.

“Rose was very shocked, like the rest of the world,” she said. “Like I’ve said, she won in a beautiful fashion, but the belt is mine. I’ve built this weight class. I’m the queen of this weight class and I always will be. You can believe it or not.”

Jedrzejczyk has proclaimed to reclaim her belt at all costs, but give how easily Rose made it look against the once seemingly unbeatable champion, she will be riding high with confidence going into the rematch.

Then again, depending on the respective fighters timetables, there is no telling when they want to return, which means Rose may fight some

Then again, this other top contender may have a thing or three to say about who Joanna faces next.

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