From the moment Joanna Jedrzejczyk lost her women’s strawweight title, she’s been obsessed with winning it back. She’ll get her chance on April 7th at UFC 223 in New York City, but to do it she’ll have to defeat the woman who took the belt off her: Rose Namajunas.
You’d think Joanna might come into this rematch a bit less cocky after losing their original contest in the first round, but that’s just not Joanna’s style. As far as she’s concerned, she’s fixed the nutrition side of her training that tripped her up last time and is ready prove that loss was a fluke.
”In the last fight I didn’t show the best of myself and I did not want to delay anything,” she told Polish site Onet Sport. “I know what the problem was coming in to the November fight which affected the result. I want to correct this as soon as possible and win back the championship title.”
Jedrzejczyk even shared an impressive metric: her weight with four weeks before the fight is already down to what she normally arrives on fightweek at.
”Now I weigh only a kilo more than during fight week,” she said. “I believe that there will be no problem with the weight cut preparation, and before the fight I will feel 100% ready both physically and psychologically.”
As for what the future holds?
”We’ll see,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I can stay in the strawweight category, but on the other hand I am an ambitious athlete, and the flyweight belt is certainly within my reach. However, I am not going so far into the future before I fight Rose. I am going to regain the title that belonged to me for almost three years.”