Speaking for the first time since her loss at UFC 217, former UFC straw weight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk says she is ready to reclaim her 115-belt in 2018. The Polish star also claims she has already been offered an immediate shot at the title in 2018 – regardless of who is holding it at the time.
Jedrzejczyk was brutally knocked out by ‘Thug” Rose Namajunas in their UFC 217 title fight in New York City early this month. Though Joanna is adamant that the loss was not because of any errors or misjudgements on her part.
“Mistakes happen to everyone,” said Jedrzejczyk, in a Q&A ahead of the UFC event in Shanghai. “But it was not a mistake, it was an accident.”
“I’m not gonna blame anyone because I’m a classy lady. I’m a professional athlete. But please, don’t say anything about my coaches or my team. We were prepared for this fight, and I was supposed to do it this way.”
“I give big respect to Rose Namajunas,” she went on. “She won the fight in a good style. But the thing is like I said, it was an accident, I know what happened, I analysed the fight and I know what happened. I will be back stronger than ever.”
Jedrzejczyk took some heavy criticism for her pre-fight behaviour leading up to the bout at UFC 217, where many considered her actions to be cocky and arrogant. Don’t expect the former champion to hold back on such actions in the future though.
“People who are saying that I am cocky or arrogant that’s why I lost, I just want to tell you that I will be more cocky,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I will be more arrogant. And I will be more loud because I know my value. I am bigger than that night at UFC 217.”