Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Don't Compare Me To Ronda Rousey


Joanna Jedrzejczyk suffered the first defeat of her professional MMA career and lost the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.

There is only one thing on the mind of the former champion right now and that is to get a rematch with the new title holder.

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“I must sit and talk to Dana and the UFC,” she said at the post-fight press conference. “I think I’ve been a good athlete and good champion for the UFC. That’s it. I think I deserve the rematch, if I will not get the rematch, we’ll see. I want my belt back and that’s the thing, it’s probably going to be the biggest goal right now to get my belt back because s**t happens everywhere, so it was a mistake, it was a big surprise,” Jedrzejczyk added later. “I cannot say it was a lucky punch. She had a very good gameplan for this, she cut me off, that’s it, but this night was crazy, it was a pleasure for me to fight at the Garden, back to New York City to fight at UFC 217. It was not a lucky night for me, Cody (Garbrandt), and Michael (Bisping), but we are professional athletes, we moving forward.”

Jedrzejczyk was just a single victory from breaking the consecutive title defense record for women in the UFC and that record is currently held by former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.

Speaking of the former women’s strawweight champion, one thing she doesn’t want right now is to be compared to Rousey.

“No, no, please, don’t compare me to Ronda Rousey. I love her so much and we have a very good relationship but please, let’s leave this bulls**t away,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I never take fights personal and I’m not emotional when I’m fighting. Everything went so smooth during this camp, it was a very long camp, for 13 weeks I was training with American Top Team. Just a big surprise and this is what happens. Big congrats to Rose. I’m happy for her, but I will be back stronger. It was not personal. The things which happen before the fight have nothing to do with this fight. It was a good punch, she cut me off, I really don’t know what happened. It’s the fight, you know? We take this risk.”

While Jedrzejczyk wants her rematch, there is no word at this time if the UFC is going to grant her request.

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