UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has quietly emerged as one of the most dominant champions in the UFC. She has now defended her title four times, and is preparing for a fifth defense of that title, as she’s scheduled for a title fight with the dangerous Jessica Andrade in the co-main event of May’s UFC 211.
Despite the fact that the two fighters have had a friendly relationship in the past, Andrade and her camp have made several negative comments about Jedrzejczyk in the buildup to this fight.
“I don’t understand them,” she said. “This is what I said before – when you get the title shot, when you get the chance to fight and when you have a chance to get bigger exposure, don’t go crazy, be yourself. Like, be humble and work hard and get there. So that’s the thing, now she’s talking this and that, but I’m focused on our fight.”
Jedrzejczyk then commented on Andrade’s recent claims that she has a weak chin, which she based on the fact that Jedrzejczyk was dropped in the latter portion of a recent fight with Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
“If you’re saying that my chin is weak, try to knock me out,” Jedrzejczyk said. “About the fight with Karolina – she hit me to the nose and I was like, I was throwing some punches and kicks and she came with the big right hand to my nose so I was like out of balance. Of course she dropped me for a little bit, but she didn’t touch my chin. So this is what happened. And in the fight with Gadelha, the same thing. They’re sometimes hard punches. When you throw the combination, you can be out of balance and it can drop you. But definitely my chin is still okay and I don’t worry about that.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/26/2017.