Joanna Jedrzejczyk spoke for the first time since her retirement and offered her perspective on a variety of topics. Speaking to MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin, the Polish mixed martial arts legend discussed the fallout from his fight earlier this month.
Jedrzejczyk also spoke about his many business endeavors outside of fighting, his future racing career, defining moments in his MMA journey, and much more.
Watch the video of the interview below:
Speaking of when she took off her gloves inside the cage a few weeks ago, Jedrzejczyk said:
“I’ve always wanted to retire on my terms. I don’t want to be that keeper you say, yeah. I don’t want to be that legend that’s going to fight forever and forever and get beaten. That’s the thing I accept where I am you know How old I am you know.
“The craziest thing is that it was the best camp of my life. I was in the best shape ever. Stronger physically, mentally than before. It’s the craziest thing because I still have so much love for this sport. And I don’t want to leave.”
At one point during the interview, video of which is given above, the UFC strawweight stalwart was asked if she would stick with her decision to retire. To this, Joanna Jedrzejczyk said:
“Right now it’s… It’s hard but sometimes I wake up and in the morning I’m like no, I wish I was back. Why am I doing this? That’s the part The hardest.”
Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s Prolific UFC Resume
Jedrzejczyk’s last fight saw her lose by knockout to Zhang Weili. It took place at UFC 275 earlier in the month and marked the American Top Team product’s second straight loss to Weili.
The longtime UFC strawweight champion has a record number of consecutive title defenses for her weight class, at five straight wins.
She finished reigning champion Carla Esparza’s tenure to begin her much-loved title run. A second-round TKO win gave him gold at UFC 185.
That reign lasted from March 2015 until November 2017, when she dropped the belt to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.
If she never competes again, many see Joanna Jedrzejczyk as someone with a list of accomplishments that will one day earn her a place in the UFC Hall of Fame.
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