Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk has named the four women she would include on her Mount Rushmore of women’s MMA.
Jędrzejczyk recently announced his retirement after making his 21st and final appearance in professional mixed martial arts. At UFC 275 in Singapore, the Polish star fired it with fellow former titleholder Zhang Weili. While their first clash went the full five rounds, Jędrzejczyk was knocked out by a spinning backfist in the second frame last month.
While a potential title shot awaited him with a win, the legendary strawweight was instead left leaving his gloves on the Octagon floor.
Now, having wrapped up a memorable and illustrious career, Jędrzejczyk is well placed to discuss the big names in women’s MMA and assess where she stands among them.
Jędrzejczyk ranks among 3 other legends
In an interview with The Schmo at UFC X during International Fight Week, Jędrzejczyk gave her thoughts on the Mount Rushmore of women’s MMA.
After naming a trailblazer in women’s fighting, the first two-division champion and one of the most dominant titleholders in the UFC today, Jędrzejczyk completed her fearsome quartet with some self-esteem.
“Ronda Rousey, number one; me; and Amanda Nunes, who became the first champion in two different weight classes, so definitely,” Jędrzejczyk said. “And Valentina too. So I put Ronda, Amanda, Valentina [Shevchenko]and then me.
After winning the strawweight title in 2015, Jędrzejczyk defended it a record five times, including against Cláudia Gadelha and Jéssica Andrade. At 115 pounds, the Pole holds the records for most league wins and most consecutive wins. She will likely fight for a spot on Mount Rushmore by a lot against two-time opponent and former two-time champion Rose Namajunas.
Nunes’ accomplishments probably make her a nailed choice for most. Along with becoming the only woman to hold belts in two different weight classes, the “Lioness” went on a seven-year streak of 12 fights unbeaten between 2014 and 2021, a stretch that included victories over Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.
Meanwhile, since her second loss to Nunes, the only opponent she has lost to in MMA, Shevchenko has reigned at flyweight with an iron fist. Since winning the vacant gold in 2018 against Jędrzejczyk, “Bullet” has defended the title seven times.
Perhaps the pick that will be most debated among the Pole’s picks is Rousey. While her unblemished 12-0 record and dominant stint on the women’s bantamweight throne left her as the sport’s biggest star in 2015, back-to-back losses to Holm and Nunes dulled her shine somewhat.
Nonetheless, Rousey still has a place among the greats of MMA and is widely considered a pioneer on the women’s side of the sport, which Jędrzejczyk clearly appreciates.
Who would you include on your wife MMA Mount Rushmore? Do you agree with Joanna Jędrzejczyk’s choices?