‘I Forgot About Myself As A Human’- Joanna Jedrzejczyk Details Pandemic Routine

Published 06/08/2021, 10:19 AM EDT

Former UFC women’s strawweight champion and one of the best to grace the octagon, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, has been out of action for 15 months. The Polish superstar’s last fight came on March 07, 2020, against Weili Zhang, in what pundits described as an instant classic.


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The Covid-19 pandemic saw many fighters turning down fight appearances and Joanna was also one amongst them. The former champ recently appeared for an interview with MMA Junkie. She detailed her time during the pandemic and also explained her reasons for not appearing in the octagon.

TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 8: Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland enters the ring prior to her fight against Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan in a flyweight bout during the UFC 231 event at Scotiabank Arena on December 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

“I needed (the time). There was a time I forgot myself as a human, as a woman,” she said. “I just like to do so many things. Some people, after training, they like to go home, lay down, chill.


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“I was always so busy, I loved working in so many stuff. Actually, the pandemic was okay for me. I learned how to play the piano. I graduated with third studies, I did so many things.”

She added, “Opened my new businesses (and) about to open another two companies. I keep on busy. I don’t like to waste any minute of life and so, ya I keep on busy. “

The former champ then explained what kept her out of action for more than a year. “One of the reasons I didn’t want to fight during the pandemic was there was no audience. For me, there is no sport without fans. I’m happy that fans are back to the arenas.”


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Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Run in UFC since the championship loss

Joanna (16-4) has accomplished many great feats. Prior to her shocking loss at the hands of Rose Namajunas in 2017 at UFC 217, she was the undisputed champion who had successfully defended her gold 5 times.

The loss meant she surrendered her 14 match win streak. One loss brought another as she again lost to Namajunas in the rematch for the title.

After the consecutive losses, she has added a mixed bag of results with 2 wins and the same number of losses. All her results came via decisions.


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She picked up a victory against Tecia Torres at UFC on Fox 30 before losing a hard-fought battle with Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 231. Joanna bounced back again with a victory over Michelle Waterson at UFC Fight Night 161.

Her last match, as discussed earlier, came against former strawweight champion, Weili Zhang. The classic match could have gone either way, but at last, Zhang narrowly escaped the defeat.

Joanna has already clarified that she will only feature in big matches and against the likes of Zhang and Namajunas only. For now, the name of her next opponent lies in the laps of the future.


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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.