On the latest episode of “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, former straw weight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk joined Ariel where she discussed her next fight with Tecia Torres and made some shocking claims about her last fight where she lost a rematch to Rose Namajunas. Check it out.
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Joanna Jędrzejczyk (Polish: [jɔˈanna jɛnˈdʐɛjt͡ʂɨk] (About this sound listen); born August 18, 1987) is a Polish mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai kickboxer who competes in the women’s strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and she is the third European (and only Polish) champion in UFC history after Bas Rutten in 1999 and Andrei Arlovski in 2005. Prior to her defeat to Rose Namajunas, she was the #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world.
She is also currently the #15 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC mixed gender rankings. Due to her surname being difficult to pronounce for English speakers, fans and the media have given her unofficial nicknames, such as “Joanna Champion”, “Joanna Violence” and simply “Joanna”. Jędrzejczyk discovered Muay Thai when she was 16, while taking up fitness, which eventually led her to compete in national and European tournaments. Jędrzejczyk competed in Muay Thai and kickboxing for 10 years, winning over 60 matches.
Her amateur Muay Thai accomplishments include six IFMA world medals (five gold, one silver) and four IFMA Eurpopean championships with a record of 37 wins and 3 losses. During her professional career Jędrzejczyk won five world titles including the WKN World Championship, J Girls Championship, WBKF Championship, WKF European Championship, and the WMC Championship. Her professional record is 27-3. Jędrzejczyk made her professional debut in mixed martial arts (MMA) on May 19, 2012, at SFT – MMA Fight Night Diva SPA against Sylwia Juskiewicz, winning via unanimous decision.
On December 8, 2012, at MFC 5 she defeated Lily Kazak by submission via rear-naked choke. On June 20, 2013, at Battle of Moscow 12 she defeated the then #1 Russian WMMA flyweight fighter Julia Berezikova via unanimous decision. By July 2013, Jędrzejczyk was the #7 women’s flyweight fighter in the world by Fight Matrix. On June 7, 2014, at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 69 she defeated Rosi Sexton via knockout in the second round.
Jędrzejczyk has been praised for her elite level sprawl-and-brawl strategy implementation. Fightland striking analyst Jack Slack has written that “she’s being likened to Chuck Liddell, and that is a pretty solid way to describe her…while she has an undoubtedly better technical striking game than Liddell”. BloodyElbow.com striking analyst Connor Ruebusch has written “Distance, angles, and damage. These are the key ingredients of successful takedown defense, and the elements that make Joanna Jędrzejczyk and José Aldo such masterful strikers.”
The Washington Post striking analyst Patrick Wyman has written “Sound fundamentals fuel the best fighters in the world, and nobody has better mastered the bread and butter of footwork and distance management than Aldo and Jedrzejczyk”. Foxsports.com striking analyst Jason Parillo has stated “Joanna’s MMA boxing is remarkable. It’s second to none”. Starting with her UFC 205 training camp, she began training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.