UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk had a painful back injury leading into this past Saturday’s successful fifth title defense against Jessica Andrade.
ESPN spoke to the 115-pound champion on a regular basis during her preparations for UFC 211. They have now released her “fight journal”, where she talks in-depth about the issues she was facing leading into the big fight.
“The camp is still good, but I will say that I am injured pretty badly. My back is totally f—– up. Last week, I couldn’t walk. I was crying because it was so much pain. My physical therapist from Poland just got here Sunday and I’m so happy. I wish he could have been here already, but he’s about to get married right after my fight.
“It’s a crazy time for him and his fiancé, but she’s an amazing person and let him come to help me. I am not stressed about this, though. I believe I will be 100 percent the day of the fight. I am already feeling 90 percent better. I definitely don’t want to pull out of the fight and if I didn’t take care of it the best way, this fight could get canceled.
“I was supposed to not do anything, but yesterday I went for a run just to test how hard I could push it. I am not stupid, I know there are some limits. I felt pain sometimes but we will make sure I am 100 percent. Something like this makes me stronger. I am killing excuses.”
UFC 211 took place from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event was aired live on pay-per-view.