Recent reports stated that Joanna Jedrzejczyk had informed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials that she would likely miss the 115-pound weight limit for her scheduled Strawweight fight against Michelle Waterson, which is set for this Saturday (Oct. 12, 2019) at UFC Fight Night 161 in Tampa, Florida. However, a few hours later, Jedrzejczyk went to social media to act surprised at the drama surrounding her, claiming that everything would be alright. That prompted Team Waterson to feel that perhaps Jedrzejczyk was playing mind games, something she’s been known to do in the past.
“You know, any advantage you can get as a fighter you’re gonna try to get,” Waterson told reporters (via MMA Junkie) at open workouts. “And I think that Joanna’s been really good in her career in playing that psychological warfare and getting in the heads of her opponents before the fight even starts.”
According to reports, UFC was trying to convince Waterson to accept a Catchweight fight, a proposal she rejected because she felt Jedrzejczyk — who is already the bigger fighter — would have even more of an advantage.
“Who knows, maybe she thought she wanted to have her cake and eat it too because of my kind-hearted nature.”
Nevertheless, because Jedrzejczyk had missed weight in the past, Waterson was surprised that the possibility of her coming in heavy — or the illusion of it — caught her off guard.
“Very surprised, actually, because of Joanna’s professionalism and this never happening before,” Waterson said. “We knew that she was going to be the bigger girl Joanna’s just always been a bigger 115’er, but we never in a million years thought that she wouldn’t be make weight, so yeah, it’s disheartening.”
Still, Waterson is doing her best to keep her focus on the task at hand.
“I’m hoping it was just a moment of weakness on Joanna’s part,” Waterson said. “And I’m still hopeful that she pulls through and makes the weight on Friday because both of us have been preparing for this fight fight for quite a while now and I wouldn’t want to disappoint the fans.”
At the end of the day, Waterson says even if Jedrzejczyk tried (or tries) to play mind games with her, it won’t work. And it’s something Waterson says Jedrzejczyk is very aware of because they’ve gotten close over the last year and they know each other very well.
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