UFC Legend Joanna Jedrzejczyk Pays Tribute to Late Rapper DMX

Published 04/10/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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)


Yesterday, the music world was hit with a shock as Earl Simmons, a.k.a DMX, passed away at the age of 50. DMX had a catastrophic cardiac arrest, and his demise was felt in the world of combat sports as the UFC fighters took to social media to pay tributes to the departed musician. Among the fighters was Poland’s first-ever UFC champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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The former strawweight queen was seen alongside DMX and former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones in an image. She wrote, “The good old times💥 Rest In Peace @dmx 🙏🏼🥺 🎙 No sunshine🎙#dmx #rip #restinpeace #ufc.” The photo posted by the Polish fighter is a legendary one, as it has some of the most followed personalities across combat sports and the world of entertainment.

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DMX represented a unique genre of music that was very much appreciated by his followers. There was a dark theme and tone about his pieces. Party Up, Slippin’, Get it On the Floor, and more were some of his greatest creations over the years.

Jedrzejczyk was not the only fighter or celebrity to mourn the loss. There were plenty of other famous public figures acknowledging the same and expressing their anguish towards the news.

When is Joanna Jedrzejczyk fighting again?

The Polish star hasn’t entered the Octagon following her UFC 248 loss to current strawweight champion, Weili Zhang. After a five-round war, ‘Magnum‘ got the judges’ nod ahead of her Polish counterpart.

Jedrzejczyk has now dropped three out of her last five contests inside the Octagon. Wins over Michelle Waterson and Tecia Torres have been overshadowed by her losses to Valentina Shevchenko, Weili Zhang, and Rose Namajunas.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland reacts after the conclusion of her UFC strawweight championship fight against Zhang Weili of China during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jedrzejczyk is not yet scheduled for a fight. However, one might expect her to be matched up against a top contender next. As a former strawweight champion, the Polish star has cemented her position as a legend of the sport.

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Also, she has paid her dues to the company and shed blood inside the Octagon. Considering her quality as a fighter, and her body of work over the years, she is sure to engage against only the best on offer at this stage of her career.

What did you make of Joanna Jedrzejczyk‘s message for the late DMX? Who should she fight next? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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