Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes she lost the UFC strawweight title last month because of weight-cutting issues caused by her nutritionists.
Jedrzejczyk said in an Polish interview with Przemysław Osiak of Przeglad Sportowy that she had to cut about 16 pounds in 14 hours — a large amount of weight in little time, especially for a 115-pound fighter — ahead of her UFC 217 bout against Rose Namajunas. The former champion confirmed that she has since parted ways with her nutrition team, Perfecting Athletes, due to the weight-cutting errors it supposedly made.
“It was an accident what happened,” Jedrzejczyk said (translation via MMAFighting.com). “I know that I should have won the match, and I know that I could have won the match. ... The people that I was working with led me to a critical state.
“The mistakes that they made were unforgivable,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I can’t work with those kinds of people.”
Jedrzejczyk worked with Paulina Indara and Michelle Ingels of Perfecting Athletes for about a year and had a very good relationship with the two nutritionists. The former strawweight queen often talked about how helpful they’d been.
She lost the belt to Namajunas by first-round knockout at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 4. Jedrzejczyk was dropped just minutes into the bout and returned to her feet only to be knocked down again, but she was in much worse condition the second time. “Thug” followed up with ground-and-pound and the upset was official, marking Jedrzejczyk’s first professional defeat.
Jedrzejczyk has always had a rather tough cut down to the strawweight limit of 115 pounds, but now 30, the weight cut seems to have lately taken a bigger toll on her than usual. After losing to Namajunas, Jedrzejczyk revealed she had planned to move up to the women’s flyweight division with a win over Namajunas. But instead, she voiced her desire to get her belt back in a Namajunas rematch.
“I told my doctor I need to do whatever to weigh 115,” she said. “I don't care if I have to be in a tub with whatever temperature. It gets harder and harder as you get older to cut weight.”
MMA News Poland released a video Friday of Jedrzejczyk cutting weight ahead of a 2015 title defense against Jessica Penne. Throughout the video, the then-titleholder talks very quickly, then yells out seemingly in pain, visibly distraught.
Indara released a brief statement to MMAFighting.com on the split with Jedrzejczyk.
“The priority of our business is the health and safety of our clients,” Indara said. “We stand by our professional ethics and practices.”