Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has accomplished a lot during her combat sports career before dropping her title in November 2017.
However, another huge accomplishment is coming her way as the native of Poland will carry the Olympic flame for her country.Jedrzejczyk recently announced the news during a radio appearance in her native country:
“It’s a huge honor. The International Olympic Committee decided that me, as a representative of mixed martial arts, will carry the Olympic fire. MMA is far away from being Olympic competition, so it’s huge merit for me to represent our country on so huge international area. I’m very happy with that.”
The former women’s strawweight champion now joins other MMA fighters who have carried the Olympic flame, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Ali Bagautinov and Fedor Emelianenko.
There is no exact date or time yet as to when Jedrzejczyk's journey with the torch will happen.
It has been a rough two months for Jedrzejczyk, who lost the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217. The loss cost the former champion a shot at UFC history because a win would’ve tied her for the most consecutive title defenses by a female fighter record, which is currently held by former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.