Joanna Jedrzejczyk Plans on Earning ‘GOAT’ Status at UFC 231, Returning to Strawweight in 2019
Jedrzejczyk plans on leaving UFC 231 as flyweight champion, a
victory that in her mind will cement her status as the top female
fighter in mixed martial arts history.
“After my victory on Saturday, I will prove that I am the GOAT of
women’s MMA,” Jedrzejczyk said at a press conference on Wednesday
to promote Saturday’s event, which takes place at Scotiabank Arena
in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Jedrzejczyk will square off against Valentina
Shevchenko for the vacant 125-pound title in the evening’s
co-main event. The two have never met in mixed martial arts, but
Shevchenko does own three victories against Jedrzejczyk in muay
Thai competition. That doesn’t concern Jedrzejczyk, who says those
wins don’t matter because they occurred under a different rule
Jedrzejczyk had a lengthy reign as the promotion’s strawweight
champ before relinquishing the title to Rose
Namajunas in at UFC 217. The American Top Team representative
also fell to Namajunas in a closely-contested rematch at UFC 223.
Jedrzejczyk has mentioned that a difficult weight cut hindered her
prior to her first loss to Namajunas. That won’t be an issue
fighting at 125 pounds, however.
“I feel so happy and this camp I realized how difficult it is and
how the weight cut and being on a strict diet for so many weeks can
impact your body, your brain, and your performance,” Jedrzejczyk
said. “So this camp was different because I was able to do
“Before every camp, I’m like ‘quality over quantity.’ But actually,
it was ‘quality and quantity’ every single day. Because I was
eating clean and healthy, but more, I was able to train even
harder. So I’m well prepared for this fight.”
Even if Jedrzejczyk does become flyweight champion at UFC 231, she
isn’t done at 115 pounds. She provided a warning to the division
she used to rule on Wednesday.
“Strawweights, bow down, I’m coming back next year,” Jedrzejczyk
said. “What I’m hearing, there is a rumor, I’m hearing more
Andrade facing Rose. Rose has only four months left to defend
her belt, I don’t see another way [around] fighting for this belt.
“Who else you see? Who else? Who is left? I beat all of them. All
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