Joanna Jedrzejczyk: “Me and Ronda Rousey paid the price for terrible weight cuts, our brains were frozen”

Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes weight cutting is the reason why both herself and Ronda Rousey suffered upset defeats.

Jedrzejczyk says her and Rousey’s losses were due to “frozen” brains from a “terrible” weight-cut.

Jedrzejczyk (14-1) says Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm in November 2015, as well as her own knockout loss to Rose Namajunas last November was a result of a botched weight-cut.

I always wanted to talk to Ronda about how she felt the night before that night that she lost to Holly Holm. I was afraid to ask her before because I was winning,” Jedrzejczyk recently told MMA Fighting.

Actually, we have one agent (in common) and I spoke to him and told him that my legs went numb and that I felt a bit groggy or something like this. The funny thing is Ronda felt the same way; she had a terrible weight cut before Holly Holm. I would like to sit with her and give an interview for people and to protect other fighters; younger fighters. Just to protect them. There is no price on our lives, so we must be serious with this.” she continued.

The 30-year-old believes the bad weight-cuts resulted in the pair having “frozen” brains, ultimately leading to their brutal knockout losses.

The funny thing is, people don’t believe that your brain can be frozen, but the weight cut can change the game. It can and that’s the worse thing. It can (happen) and this is what happened to me and Ronda. We paid the price for the weight cuts and that’s the thing.

They didn’t go through the weight cut, so they don’t understand,” she said. “They don’t understand what we had to go through, but one day I will explain to all of them.”

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Fight fans, do you think Jedrzejczyk has a point? Could her and Rousey’s knockout losses be due to “frozen brains” from a terrible weight-cut? Let us know in the comments section below.



  1. A poor weight cut can definitely contribute to a poor performance. They are rather inexcusable given the time they have to prepare for it but in both cases, they were probably both way over confident and felt they could persevere despite the bad weight cuts.

  2. Despite Jedrzejczyk being a stand-up master she lost to a better fighter that night. Rousey let Hollywood and overconfidence dominate her thinking

  3. If true, this certainly lends credence to the notion that Ronda was hiding out at bantamweight to dodge Cyborg, who is herself a weight cheater; er, excuse me, cutter. Eventually it caught up with both Joanna and Ronda. I hope it catches up with Cyborg.

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