After dominating the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Strawweight division for the last two years to the tune of five straight title defenses, Joanna Jedrzejczyk lost her coveted strap to Rose Namajunas last Saturday night (Nov. 4, 2017) at UFC 217 via first round knockout (see it again here).
The loss marked the first for her career after previously winning 14 in a row, eight of them inside the Octagon. With another win, Joanna would have tied Ronda Rousey’s record for the most consecutive title defenses for a female MMA champion.
Still, despite that record in her sights and the possibility of moving up to challenge for another title in a higher weight class, Joanna is adamant she never lost focus on the task at hand, and other goals had nothing to do with her loss.
“I take my job seriously and I was only focused on Rose Namajunas and I was respectful. I worked my ass off for this fight like I said so many times,” said Joanna on a recent interview on The MMA Hour.
“It was the best camp of my life and I have been in this business for fourteen years already. So it was a big surprise, and I wasn’t supposed to finish this fight like this. I will figure it out and be back,” she added.
As for what’s next for her, Jedrzejczyk would love nothing more than to get an immediate rematch given the fact she’s been champion for so long and helped bring the 115-pound weight class to light.
“I don’t know, this is what I heard. I think Dana said it at the press conference, I don’t know. I don’t focus on media or the internet. I just don’t follow because there is lots of craziness right now,” said Joanna.
“I believe for what I have done for Dana and the UFC that I deserve the rematch. I will sit and talk, I met with Dana on the way back from the press conference He hugged me, I wanted to leave him but he was like, ‘Please, stop. I love you so much, we love you and nothing has changed. We love you even more for this and your comeback is going to be bigger than all of this,’” said Joana of her conversation with White.
As far as her loss, while Joanna gives all the credit in the world to Rose for beating her, she wants to make it clear that she never tapped in the fight, she was simply trying to stand up. And while she understands why people may view it that away, at the end of the day it doesn’t make a difference as it was ruled as a knockout win for “Thug Rose.”
Furthermore, Jedrzejczyk says the stoppage was fair since she was out of it. That said, the Polish-born fighter says she will once again be the queen of the division, going as far as saying she will have the belt around her waist by May of 2018.
Too lofty, or is it doable?