Joanna Jedrzejczyk is fast becoming the UFC’s new “IT” girl. She’s the second longest reigning title holder in the championship, and with a 7-0 record within the organisation, she’s the one to beat.
The Polish export first popped up on the radars of UFC fans back in 2015 after she knocked out strawweight champion Carla Esparza during UFC 185.
Before her success in the UFC, Jedrzejczyk was 8-0 in her MMA career where she specialised in Muay Thai.
The fighting style was a sport she fell into as a teen initially just to get fit, but soon those around her realised she had a talent worth developing.
Since then she has won 60 matches and was a five-time amateur world champion and four-time European champion.
However, it was her victory against Esparza that cemented her status as a formidable opponent, with her penchant for naked choke holds coupled with a quick fire sprawl and brawl technique.
Since then she’s become the best women’s strawweight fighter on the planet.
With this in mind, her upcoming UFC 211 bout against Jéssica Andrade in Dallas should be a nail-biting watch. Andrade has arguably a longer track record in the UFC, and though she is small, she is mighty with dangerous knockout power.
Joanna is aware of this and knows that when you’re at a significant height in the industry, the fall is that much harder. The pressure is palpable, even for the seemingly unbeatable.
“My opponents have more time to study my fighting style. The coaches, the camps, they have more time to check my weaknesses and work on that. That is the challenge,” she told USA Today.
Despite her fast rise, the athlete claims that after the next few fights, she’s going to bow out. Hopefully on top.
“It is very important for me to have this normal but special future as a mother and a wife. To maybe brew my own coffee and have a small business like a regular person. I have enough money to just live and do nothing, but I am not interested in that,” she remarked to the news outlet.
It’s hard to picture the ferocious trash talker and warrior serving people lattes with a smile, but Jedrzejczyk is normally pretty soft-spoken outside the octagon.
“She can go from being that cute girl that makes everybody laugh around her and plays pranks on people and has fun and enjoys life, to the girl that knows she has to take care of business inside the cage. That’s one thing people forget,” her manager Tiago Okamura told UFC news.
With a fiance in Poland, we understand her need to start a life free of knock outs and bloody grappling in a cage, but her domination the ring will be sorely missed.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.