Since winning the strawweight title in March 2015, Joanna Jedrzejczyk has built name for herself as one of the best female strikers in the UFC. That reputation has subsequently garnered her some superstar status.
Jedrzejczyk will be defending her title for the fourth time against fellow Polish Muay Thai fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz as the first featured championship bout at UFC 205 on November 12th in New York City. Amidst her task at hand, “Joanna Champion” is already looking ahead into her future, two decades down the line.
"I know that I'm not the prettiest one, I'm not having big boobies or I'm not American, but I want people to remember me as the best female fighter, undefeated in MMA, and the UFC champion of the world,” Jedrzejczyk said during Tuesday’s conference call (transcribed by MMA Fighting). "I want to be a legend. I want people to talk about me in five, 10 years, 20 years, that I was one of the best female MMA fighters, that I was one of the best UFC champions in the world back in the day.”
“This is what I want. I just want to retire as an undefeated champion. This is my goal. This is my dream, and I want to make this dream become (real) life."
Jedrzejczyk and Kowalkiewicz already fought each other four years ago as amateurs. Now that they are both competing in the big league, the champion is simply looking to give their home crowd a show to remember.
"It's going to be a really beautiful morning for Polish fans. Because in Poland it's going to be very early, Nov. 13, when we are going to fight in New York. So it's a big deal. I love my country.”
“Even though I moved to Florida, I'm still Polish. I love my city and I'm doing this for them, so I'm representing my country, even though I must face Karolina Kowalkiewicz.”