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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Insists no Tap-Out Occurred in Loss to Rose Namajunas

UFC 217

Following UFC 217 there’s been some discussion about how Joanna Jedrzejczyk appeared to tap-out to strikes, in her loss to Rose Namajunas, but the former strawweight champ insists that didn’t happen.

Jedrzejczyk was dropped by Namajunas not long into their scrap on Saturday, and although the vaunted striker got back to her feet, “Thug” sent her to the deck again with a booming hook. Namajunas swarmed in with follow up punches, and the fight was called. The replay of the fight’s final moments, appeared to show the Polish star tapping her hand on the Octagon floor.

Well,  since then, Jedrzejczyk appeared on “The MMA Hour”. During the interview, the renowned fighter had this to say about the idea that’s been floated, that she tapped out to strikes (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“Someone said that I tapped, I never tapped,” Jedrzejczyk said.

“Are you kidding me? It was probably that I was trying to stand up, but I didn’t. It was a piece of a second for me.

“I know it took a while – from the punch to the ground and pound when I had the turtle position, but for me it was a like a piece of a second. I know it was a few long seconds.

“It looks totally different than people think it is.”

There you go. Now, some people have, and will argue, what does it matter if she tapped out to strikes or not? And that’s a fair question. After all, it certainly looked like Jedrzejczyk was badly, badly hurt, so if she did tap to strikes (and doesn’t remember doing so), so be it.

But, it certainly sounds like the 30 year-old doesn’t believe she could have done so. When asked again about the fight’s final moments, Jedrzejczyk insisted again, that she didn’t tap out, and was “probably” trying to “stand up”.

All this aside, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Jedrzejczyk. Considering she defended the 115 pound title five times, one could make the case for an immediate rematch with Namajunas. Then again, the UFC doesn’t typically book immediate rematches when the first encounter was so one sided and short.

Sure, Jedrzejczyk didn’t get knocked out in 13 seconds like Jose Aldo did against Conor McGregor, but he defended the WEC / UFC 145 crown nine times, and didn’t get one.


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