With less than two months to go until Joanna Jedrzejczyk steps into the Octagon in hopes of defending her UFC women’s strawweight title for the 5th time as she faces Jessica Andrade, the trash talk is heating up between the two women.
Recently, Andrade questioned the champ’s chin, claiming that Jedrzejczyk has a weak chin, and can be shut down with unrelenting pressure. Those comments caught the champ off guard given that she and Andrade’s manager, who used to also manage Jedrzejczyk, were once very close.
She spoke on Submission Radio:
Like, I’ve known Jessica for a while, I’ve known Tiago (Okamura) for a while. I know that Jessica doesn’t speak English so well and so I know there is someone behind her back, posting everything and talking this and that. So probably it’s Tiago. You know, we used to be like good friends, like a brother and sister, so I don’t understand them”
“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. If you’re saying that my chin is weak, try to knock me out”
Jedrzejczyk of course has never been knocked out, let alone tasted defeat throughout the course of her professional MMA career, going 13-0 over the past four years as she claimed the UFC strawweight title and defended the belt four times.
In addition, Jedrzejczyk has expressed her desire to potentially move up to the women’s 125 pound division and fight for the women’s flyweight title if the promotion chooses to create a women’s flyweight division.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/24/2015.