Joanna Jedrzejczyk: “I’ve built the strawweight division. I’m the queen of this weight class and I always will be”

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has confirmed that her next UFC fight will be for the strawweight belt.  The longtime champion suffered an upset first-round knockout defeat to Rose Namajunas at the recent UFC 217 event, resulting in the loss of the belt as well as her undefeated record.

Joanna is confident she will be champion again in 2018.

I know what I want in life. Just like I’ve done for the last two years, the last 14 years of my career, it will be the same next year,” Jedrzejczyk told InTheCagePL. “I back up my words — I don’t just talk. I already spoke to the UFC, and my return is set. My next fight will be for the title belt. I don’t know if Rose is going to want to fight in a month, in January or in February. I’ll spend the next two months in Poland with my family.

Jedrzejczyk shuts down the idea of a tune-up fight, because in her mind, she remains the queen of the division, crediting herself as the woman who built the division.

I don’t need to have a fight to get ready. It’s not like I wasn’t prepared for that fight. I don’t have any reproach for myself because of it,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I know it looks different from the outside and a loss is a loss. If you weren’t standing there in the Octagon, if you didn’t feel that day and if you didn’t feel that loss, why it ended the way it did… People just don’t know.

Rose was very shocked, like the rest of the world. Like I’ve said, she won in a beautiful fashion, but the belt is mine. I’ve built this weight class. I’m the queen of this weight class and I always will be. You can believe it or not.”

– Click HERE to view the WMMA strawweight world rankings.

Fight fans, do you think Jedrzejczyk has what it takes to rise back to the top? Let us know in the comments section below.

Noah

4 comments

  1. While she certainly ruled the Strawweight Division, she hardly built it. Not sure what she’s getting at there. As far as a rematch, I’d rather see Rose vs. Andrade first, but I do give JJ the edge in a rematch with Rose . Not so sure how JJ would do in a rematch with Andrade, though.

  2. What is Joanna Jedrzejczyk worried about? The UFC is going to shelf Rose Namajunas until Joanna Jedrzejczyk is ready to fight, in other words, the UFC is still going to treat Joanna Jedrzejczyk as if she is the Champion and treat Rose Namajunas as if she is the challenger.

  3. Yes,for sure,she is à fighter,ITs all her life.as i look at the vidéo if the fight,she was going back and she receive the punch,she was unbalance on her feet and she fall down.when she was falling rose give her à knee in the face and thats why she was not able to get up quicly.thats what happen,but this could happen to Anybody.it doesen mean that she is à bad fighter.Joanna has a big Heart,and i know that she is gonna show to every One Who’s the réel queen.love you Joanna

    1. OMG! Seriously trying to explain away why she lost? That is so weak and petty and makes you sound like a hurt feelings fan. Get over it already, it’s sports.

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