Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk continues to chase greatness. On Saturday, she will be gunning for a second world title when she faces old Muay Thai rival Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant women’s flyweight title.
The 31-year-old Polish fighter recognizes that her years in combat sports are slowly winding down, which is why she intends to make the most out of her career.
“People try to doubt me all the time, but I know who I am. I don’t care, so you can write, say whatever you want about me,” Jedrzejczyk told reporters the open workout scrum. “In like two, three, four, five years, I might not be fighting anymore and I will start the next story of my life.
“I want to give as much, get as much, and make history, because it’s going to be remembered.”
Saturday night’s title fight will mark Jedrzejczyk’s ninth overall in the UFC, slightly surpassing Ronda Rousey’s record of eight. With her self-assurance of victory against Shevchenko, being considered as the Greatest of All Time in women’s MMA is already a given.
“There is no ‘if,’” Jedrzejczyk addressed reporters and the crowd in attendance at the UFC 231 pre-fight press conference. “After my victory on Saturday, I will prove that I’m the G.O.A.T of women’s MMA.”
UFC 231 will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.