With as many fights as there are toward the end of this year, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. Even on UFC 217 alone, a card full of great fights are buried under three incredible title fights. Despite sharing the spotlight with names like Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw, Joanna Jedrzejczyk still shines. One by one they’ve all come and they’ve all come up short. Jedrzejczyk is one of the most dominant champs in the sport, yet even she still has detractors. The UFC strawweight title holder says that Rose Namjunas challenging her will not be any different than the rest of the women who have failed.
“Everyone before the fight — you know how many comments and messages I receive saying ‘Hey Rose [Namajunas] is going to submit you, Rose is going to beat you up’? I’m like, text me or send me a message or comment on my victory picture after my fight, and we will see who is right. Anything can happen in the fight, I’ll always say that. One punch, one submission, one blink can finish the fight, but I always make sure I’m ready and I don’t watch so many fights. I focus on what I can do better. How can I escape from them because I know they are coming for my belt, my goals, my dreams. This is my life, so I must make sure that I surprise them. I don’t worry about how they’re going to surprise me — I always surprise them. Believe me, I will surprise her in this fight.”
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) October 17, 2017
“They say this one is coming for your belt. Like Karolina [Kowalkiewicz], who the f-ck is Karolina? I beat her up. She had like 10 seconds of hype in our fight and people only remember that. They don’t remember how I beat her up. Jessica [Andrade] is coming for you. They don’t realize that I just beat her six months ago. They can f-cking bring the best coaches from I don’t know where — Sri Lanka or Thailand — they’re not going to figure out a way. There’s something about me. I’m talented and I’m a hard worker and they don’t have this. They can be talented, but they’re not a hard worker. They can be a hard worker but they aren’t talented. They don’t have the dedication that I have.” — Joanna Jedrzejczyk speaking to FloCombat.
While she’s been no stranger to trash talk here and there, Joanna Jedrzejczyk proved she’s just as vicious verbally as she is physically. However, dominance is only meaningful if it keeps going on. If Rose Namajunas ends up doing the unthinkable, she can use Jedrzejczyk’s incredible performance record as nothing more than a springboard to new heights. It all sounds great on paper, but no one has been able to do it yet. Joanna Jedrzejczyk is banking on that not changing at UFC 217 on November 4th.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/18/2017.