Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes win over Valentina Shevchenko proves she’s ‘the GOAT’

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

This Saturday night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the second ever UFC women’s flyweight champion will be crowned.

Battling it out will be the former 135-pound title challenger, Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko and the former strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk as they vie for the vacant crown.

For Jedrzejczyk, this fight will be her first at 125-pounds since her last fight prior to joining the UFC in June 2014. As for Shevchenko, she returned to the division as recently as February.

With less weight cutting to do ahead of the arguably biggest fight of her career, Jedrzejczyk is feeling great and determined to get the win as she expressed at the UFC 231 pre-fight press conference.

“First thing I feel so happy and this camp I realized how difficult it is and how the weight cut and being on a strict diet for so many weeks can impact your body, your brain, and your performance,” Jedrzejczyk said. “So this camp was different because I was able to do more.

“Before every camp, I’m like ‘quality over quantity.’ But actually, it was ‘quality and quantity’ every single day. Because I was eating clean and healthy, but more, I was able to train even harder. So I’m well prepared for this fight.

“After my victory on Saturday, I will prove that I am the GOAT of women’s MMA.”

When it comes to all-time great female fighters, Joanna Jedrzejczyk is one that must be included in the conversation after defending the strawweight title successfully five straight times before dropping it.

And despite feeling great with the move back up in weight, Jedrzejczyk still wants to prove who the queen is at 115-pounds even if she wins on Saturday night and makes history as the first female fighter to hold UFC titles in two separate divisions.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/5/2018