UFC star Joanna Jedrzejczyk has opened up about the struggle she faces to make 115-pounds in order to compete in the strawweight division.
During a recent chat with MyMMANews, Jedrzejczyk opened up about the difficulty she endures making the 115-pound strawweight limit but is adamant she wants to stay in the division.
“It’s not easy to make 115 for me. I have to struggle myself for 2-3 months while preparing for fights. But it’s not easy, but it’s a part of my job. I have been working with Clint from the UFC Performance Center, and he is a master. It’s not easy but it’s easier. Every weight cut has an impact on me, my body, my brain. I am a woman, I want to have kids someday and I have to be careful with it. But I wanna fight in the Strawweight division.” she said.
Jedrzejczyk (16-4-0) fought in the upper 125-pound flyweight division once before and was unsuccessful in her bid to capture the UFC flyweight championship after losing a unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko.
At 115-pounds, the 33-year-old is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time. She notably captured the UFC strawweight title in 2015 after knocking out Carla Esparza in the second-round. Jedrzejczyk would go on to defend the title five times against the likes of Jessica Andrade, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Claudia Gadelha, Jessica Penne and Valerie Letourneau. She would eventually lose the belt to Rose Namajunas in 2017.
The Queen of Violence was unsuccessful in her bid to recapture the UFC strawweight championship in March 2020, losing a unanimous decision to Weili Zhang. However, the fight received rave reviews from fans and won the ‘Fight of the Year’ award with the majority of MMA media outlets including WMMA Rankings and the World MMA Awards.
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