Why did Joanna Jedrzejczyk recently promise to be even more arrogant for her next fight?
Because her cockiness didn’t lose her the 115-pound strap, which landed around the waist of Rose Namajunas in the aftermath of UFC 217 in New York. No, the “accident” that cost the Pole her strawweight crown can be attributed to a brutal weight cut.
One that nearly killed her.
But not everyone is buying what Jedrzejczyk is selling. That includes former opponent and top contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who insists her longtime rival is making excuses to mask her insecurities about losing.
“For me it’s nonsense and justification of herself,” Kowalkiewicz told MMAnews Live (via MMA Junkie). “I don’t know, maybe it makes her feel better about it, and she’s able to lift it somehow psychologically. Every fighter cuts the weight and it’s not pleasant for anyone. And she puts the guilt on her dietary team. Doesn’t Joanna use her own brain? In my opinion, this is just one big fraud.”
Jedrzejczyk (14-1) topped Kowalkiewicz (11-2) at UFC 205 in late 2016, then defended it again against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211. Then came “Thug” Rose at UFC 217 — a sizable underdog — and a massive upset in the women’s strawweight division.
Keep your comparisons to yourselves, please.
With little to offer in the top five (see it), the promotion will ask Jedrzejczyk and Namajunas to run it back at the upcoming UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV) event this April in Brooklyn, New York.
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