Joanna Jedrzejczyk attempts to reclaim the strawweight title on April 7 when she rematches Rose Namajunas in the co-main event of UFC 223.
Jedrzejczyk (14-1) has been been met with a lot of fan backlash since the loss, especially after she publicly told the press on many occasions that a botched weight-cut was the reason for the loss rather than Namajunas being the better fighter on the night. The 30-year-old is adamant that the loss was a mistake and says she doesn’t care if fans say she is making excuses.
“I would not have become UFC champion and defended my title five times if I was not respectful for my opponent,” Jedrzejczyk said on a recent UFC 223 conference call. “I took her very, very serious. She was my big challenge last time, but my weight cut impacted my body. I don’t care if people are going to say if it was my excuse. Only me and my team know what happened that night and how I felt in the octagon.”
The former champ not only lost the title when she was knocked out by Namajunas in the first-round, but she also lost her perfect undefeated record. She had been on a dominant run with the UFC, earning herself victories over Carla Esparza, Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Andrade, before this past November’s loss.
UFC 223 takes place on April 7 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The main card featuring Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk 2 will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.