UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is currently ranked as the #8 pound for pound fighter in the world on the UFC’s official rankings. With a 12-0 professional record that has seen Jedrzejczyk go 6-0 inside the Octagon, including three defenses of the women’s strawweight championship, Jedrzejczyk’s dominance in the sport can’t be ignored.
While Jedrzejczyk reigns as the women’s strawweight champion, she has expressed a desire to move up to flyweight, and become not only the first ever women’s flyweight champion, but also the first female fighter to hold two championship belts. At the present time however, the UFC currently does not have a women’s flyweight division, leaving Jedrzejczyk to continue her reign over the women’s strawweight division.
With that being said, ahead of her UFC 205 title defense against Karolina Kowalkiewicz on November 12th, Jedrzejczyk wants fans to know that she cares about being remembered for her abilities inside the cage, not her appearance.
She spoke on a UFC 205 media call:
MMAFighting has the quotes:
“Before, I broke my hand twice and it was not good for me. I had to take a longer break, but now I’m feeling great, so I’m ready to go,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I know that I’m not the prettiest one, I’m not having big boobies or I’m not American, but I want people to remember me as the best female fighter, undefeated in MMA, and the UFC champion of the world.
“I want to be a legend. I want people to talk about me in five, 10 years, 20 years, that I was one of the best female MMA fighters, that I was one of the best UFC champions in the world back in the day. This is what I want. I just want to retire as an undefeated champion. This is my goal. This is my dream, and I want to make this dream become (real) life.”
Jedrzejczyk’s opponent, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is certainly not to be overlooked. The pair fought once before in 2012 early on in their amateur MMA careers. Since then, Kowalkiewicz has compiled a 10-0 over the course of her professional MMA career, most recently defeating Rose Namajunas via split decision at UFC 201 back in July.