Joanna Jędrzejczyk: ‘I’m Going to be the Champion’

March 11, 2015
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Last year, for the first time in UFC history, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter reality series was crowned a UFC champion. Carla Esparza emerged from the group of sixteen women hoping to capture the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight title as the titleholder.

Carla Esparza Joanna JedrzejcykNo. 1-ranked contender Joanna Jędrzejczyk will attempt to take Esparza’s belt at UFC 185 in Dallas on March 14. She had the opportunity to appear on TUF but turned it down.

“Last year, I didn’t expect that I would make 115 (pounds), but I did it for the UFC,” said the undefeated Polish fighter during a recent press conference.

Jedrzejczyk made her Octagon debut at UFC on Fox 12 in July, defeating Juliana Lima by unanimous decision. In her second outing, she handed Claudia Gadelha her first career loss and earn a shot at the title.

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“You do not have to be on TUF,” she said. “I’m going to be a champion. It’s going to be my third fight in the UFC and I’m going to be the champion. You’re going to see.”

Although only having two prior fights in the Octagon, Jędrzejczyk isn’t short on experience. She won all six of her prior bouts, including knocking out UFC veteran Rosi Sexton. She is also a six-time world champion and four-time European champion in Muay Thai.

UFC 185 features two title fights. Along with Esparza putting her title on the line in the co-main event against Jedrzejczyk, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis faces No. 1 contender Rafael dos Anjos in the fight card’s main event.

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    I will never buy a PPV that has a women’s fight on the main card and I’ll never buy a ticket to an event that has a women’s fight anywhere on the card. Call me a misogynist, caveman or whatever… I have no interest in women’s MMA. The same way I’d never sit down and watch a WNBA game, it’s just not my thing.

    The UFC needs to quit watering down their product, too much filler these days.

    • Matte


      Who the hell cares what you buy or not?

      Just because you got a problem with your masculinity we others are still allowed what we want right?

    • Derek

      I will never see a movie with Russell Brand. Does that mean studios should stop making movies that include him? Move studios could care less about me, as the UFC doesn’t give a s*** about you.

      I had a lot of these discussions about men’s MMA years ago and now it’s starting all over again.

    • yEllOwmOnkEy

      Haha, okay, as long as you make sure to post every time there is a headline on something you care nothing about. Logic FTW.

    • RoBEERtoe

      No one gives a Sh*t about what a dude that self titles himeslf “ShortBus” cares about. Self Proclaimed Retard…

  • polk14

    They should have this fight in the prelims. Hendricks vs Brown should be co main event. Carla Esperza is really hard to look at.

    • YelloWMonkeY

      … Absurd.

  • The Prognosticator

    TBH, I believe the UFC should dissolve the Women’s Strawweight division. This female division will never develop a following anywhere near that of the Women’s Bantamweight division that is struggling right now. These females are simply too small and lack KO power. Additionally, this division is bad for the UFC from a business perspective because it will not generate any real revenue, yet it will likely cost the UFC as much as the Women’s Bantamweight division in fighter salaries. In my view, the UFC should dissolve this division and use the money to either (1) create a women’s featherweight division that will be more profitable, or (2) sign some of the legitimate MMA talent remaining outside the UFC e.g. Joachim Hansen, Ben Askren, Ricardo Arona etc. to prevent fights that are simply card filler thereby creating a better product for the UFC fans. Just my two cents.

    • TheCerealKiller

      I think they made the distance in WMMA divisions to keep Ronda safe. If they were serious about WMMA, they would bring in Cyborg with a 145 division. It’s no more shallow than any other WMMA division.

      • The Prognosticator

        I agree.

      • Silenthatedyouth Edwards

        For the the love of god get off of CYBORGS NUTS im not a rousey fan but you lame as chris cyborg fans need to give it a rest and who the f— to say she will
        beat rousey

  • Joe Dog

    That look on Dana’s face says clearly, “This skinny little Polish girl is money”.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Brilliant first post! Try using periods next time so we can understand it.

    At no point did I say Cyborg would beat Rousey. I said they should make a 145lb division and bring her in.