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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Reflects on Defeat, Reclaiming 115 Crown is “Biggest Goal”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 217

There were plenty of jaw dropping moments on Saturday at UFC 217, but one of the night’s biggest, was seeing Rose Namajunas bomb out Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Due to the athleticism and well rounded game of Namajunas, leading up to the fight, the consensus was that “Thug’s” submission skills could pose a threat for  Jedrzejczyk. But, certainly, few, if anybody, was saying that Namajunas would outscore  Jedrzejczyk on the feet, and finish her in round one. After all, we’re talking about one of the most decorated kickboxers in the game.

Well, following her shocking defeat, the Polish star had this to say about the bout, and her short term future (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“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.”

“I must sit and talk to Dana and the UFC. 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.”

Will the UFC grant Jedrzejczyk her wish? It’s hard to say. On one hand, since Jedrzejczyk defended the strawweight belt five times, one could make the case she’s deserving of an immediate rematch. On the other hand, however, Namajunas finished Jedrzejczyk quickly and decisively. So, will fans be on board with a second bout so soon?

It should also be noted that the other, top three contenders, Jessica Andrade , Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, have all fought for the belt within the last year or, and lost to Jedrzejczyk. The #5 ranked Tecia Torres, has already been defeated by Namajunas.

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