“I Was Not Able to Compete on the Highest Level”- Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Rose Namajunas First Fight

Published 05/24/2021, 11:49 AM EDT


The #2 UFC women’s strawweight contender, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, is one of the best fighters in the UFC. There are only three fighters who bested her to date. And Rose Namajunas is one of those fighters. In a recent interview, Jedrzejczyk opens up about her loss against Rose Namajunas.

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Namajunas is a 2-time and the current UFC women’s strawweight champion. She became the champion for the first time when she defeated Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217.

Then, ‘Thug’ also successfully defended her title in a rematch against Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223. She then became the only fighter to defeat Jedrzejczyk twice in a professional MMA fight.

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In a recent interview with SCMP MMA, the interviewer asked Jedrzejczyk about Namajunas and her fights against her.

Jedrzejczyk said, “I was not able to compete on the highest level when we met for the first time at Madison Square Garden in 2017. Because of the bad weight cut I had.

“Rose knocked me, and she won that fight, clearly. But I don’t know. I put on a hell of a long camp before the rematch. Long 12 weeks of hard training.”

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes she is smarter now

After two consecutive losses, Jedrzejczyk went on to fight elite MMA athletes. She fought four skilled fighters after Namajunas.

She won two of them (against Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson) and lost the other two (against Valentina Shevchenko and Zhang Weili). Jedrzejczyk believes fighting those elite athletes has made her better. 

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)
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In the same interview, the interviewer asked Jedrzejczyk what to expect if the trilogy ever happens?

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Jedrzejczyk replied, “I am more smart now, you know. I had a few fights with good fighters, good performance, and there are more videos to watch and study Rose’s style. You know, one more time”.

If the trilogy between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk ever happens, the #2 UFC women’s strawweight contender, Jedrzejczyk believes she will be prepared for everything that comes her way. 

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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