UFC Strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk Meets “Grandma Khabib” – Says She ‘Stole’ Her Heart

Published 03/05/2022, 3:58 AM EST

Howler Head Whiskey, which is the UFC’s official flavored whiskey, hosted a meet and greet. It included big names in the UFC game like Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Yair Rodriguez, Cody Garbrandt, and Marvin Vettori. It happened in Las Vegas and each of these fighters had a specific time for their appearance.

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Interestingly, the athletes were not the only famous people in attendance. Retired UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fan Nelly Gonzalez, who is also known as ‘Grandma Khabib’, was also in present. Polish fighter Jedrzejczyk posted a beautiful picture with her on Instagram.

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She wrote in the caption, “Loved seeing so many of you at the @howlerheadwhiskey meet & greet today!🤗 Thank you for the love and support—I appreciate you and hope to see you at the fights tomorrow!❤️ 🥃 I’m not a big whiskey fan, but Howler (and Grandma Khabib!) stole my heart.🥰 For those who asked: I’m coming back soon. And with a vengeance. 🥷”.

‘Grandma Khabib’ commented, “The pleasure was mine can’t wait to watch your next fight. You have so much heart congrats on your NFT & all your latest achievements”.

Gonzalez is a staple in the MMA community and on social media, she describes herself as “Khabib Fan Número Uno”. She shot to fame because of her picture with ‘The Eagle‘. Over the years, she has met several other UFC fighters like Islam Makhachev, Israel Adesanya, Nick Diaz, and many more. So after meeting Jedrzejczyk, she has yet another feather in her hat.

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The 16-4-0 record holder has not fought since her last fight against Zhang Weili in 2020. Jedrzejczyk lost the fight via a split decision.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 11: Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Westin Tampa Waterside on October 11, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

After defeating Carla Esparza at UFC 185, Jedrzejczyk went on to defend her strawweight title five times. However, Rose Namajunas defeated her a became the new champion. Thus, the Polish fighter also experienced the loss for the first time in her professional MMA career.

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So with Zhang and Namajunas in her way, it would be interesting to see her fight them again. After a long hiatus, fans are excited to see her step back into the octagon. Do you think she will become the strawweight champion once again?

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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