True champions are tested in defeat, and former women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who defended her title five times, has promised to return to the Octagon stronger than ever following her upset loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.
Jedrzejczyk posted a short statement on social media, thanking her fans for the support and vowing to come back sooner than we might think.
I am looking forward. I know I’ll be back stronger then ever and sooner then you all think☝ | Patrzę z optymizmem w przyszłość. Wiem, że wrócę silniejsza niż kiedykolwiek i szybciej niż się tego spodziewacie☝ Thank you all for the support @ericcoleman1 #thestrawweightqueen #joannajedrzejczyk #joannachampion #willbeback #soon
“I am looking forward. I know I’ll be back stronger then ever and sooner then you all think. Thank you all for the support,” Joanna posted on Instagram.
Jedrzejczyk, who was considered the most dominant female champ in the sport and one of the best strikers amongst the women, was knocked out in the first round. The Polish talent was dropped twice by underdog Namajunas before being forced to tap to strikes at 3:03 of the opening round.
It marked the first loss of her career, but Jedrzejczyk is still considered one of the best fighters in the world and, as of today, is still ranked in the official top ten UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
The 30-year-old former Muay Thai champion made her professional MMA debut in 2012 and went on to beat the likes of Jessica Penne, Claudia Gadelha and fellow Pole Karolina Kowalkiewicz in her strawweight title run from 2015-2017.