Joanna Jedrzejczyk is set to carry the Olympic flame for Poland as it travels around the world on its way to Korea for 2018.
“It’s a huge honor," Jedrzejczyk said during a radio apperance (via MMANYTT) when the news was revealed on Tuesday. "The International Olympic Committee decided that me, as a representative of mixed martial arts, will carry the Olympic fire. MMA is far away from being Olympic competition, so it’s huge merit for me to represent our country on so huge international area. I’m very happy with that.”
Every Olympics features the Olympic flame being carried across all the participating countries. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil featured fellow UFC legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as a torch bearer - as well as numerous protesters attempting to douse the flame and / or trip up the bearer. We imagine things will be much more polite and calm in South Korea as the flame approaches Pyeongchang where the games will be held.
As for Joanna Jedrzejczyk, she's in the midst of a short break from fighting. According to Joanna, she'll rest and recuperate through the winter and then return for an immediate title shot against whoever is holding 'her' belt, sometime in the Summer.