Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has not been enjoying the idea of not having the 115-belt around her waist. She even claims she has already been granted an immediate title shot in 2018, against whoever will be holding the belt.
Jedrzejczyk was knocked out by Rose Namajunas in the first-round of their UFC 217 title fight in New York City early this month, in what could be the biggest upset of the year. But for the Polish superstar, the loss was not because of any errors or miscalculations from their end.
“Mistakes happen to everyone,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie on Thursday in a press conference ahead of this weekend’s UFC event in Shanghai, China. “But it was not a mistake, it was an accident.”
“I’m not gonna blame anyone because I’m a classy lady. I’m a professional athlete. But please, don’t say anything about my coaches or my team. We were prepared for this fight, and I was supposed to do it this way.”
“I give big respect to Rose Namajunas,” she added. “She won the fight in a good style. But the thing is like I said, it was an accident, I know what happened, I analyzed the fight and I know what happened, (and) I will be back stronger than ever.”
Jedrzejczyk was also criticized for her pre-fight behavior, which many deemed to be arrogant. But instead of holding back on such actions, Joanna actually promises more of it.
“People who are saying that I am cocky or arrogant that’s why I lost, I just want to tell you that I will be more cocky,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I will be more arrogant. And I will be more loud because I know my value. I am bigger than that night at UFC 217.”