Joanna Jedrzejczyk happy to have passed Rouse's record Rousey in the UFC
Joanna Jedrzejczyk, a former heavyweight champion, failed to win the vacant flyweight title on Saturday at the UFC 231 co-main event. The 31-year-old Polish winger lost a unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko but still managed beat the UFC record in defeat.
Jedrzejczyk overcame former roosterweight champion Ronda Rousey for the biggest UFC title fight by a woman. Jedrzejczyk has fought for a title nine times and is happy to have set the record.
"I hope it was the first fight in the flyweight division and I immediately fight against such a tough opponent with Valentina and the belt, I'm happy.I'm proud of myself.I broke the record for the Rousey Ronda title. very happy, "said Jedrzejczyk during the event's post-fight press conference.
Jedrzejczyk felt good about her in the new weight category, but has plans to recapture the weight crown.
"I felt good in the flyweight division. I watched as my body reacted to the diet and a few more pounds. I was happy and in a good mood. I could do more, and definitely, it's a good division for me, "she said.
"I definitely want to challenge myself and pursue my other dream and go back to the straw-weight belt. So I'm going to wait for Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade to fight next year. "
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Jedrzejczyk only lost to a fighter in the 115-pound division, but she lost to her twice. Champion Namajunas finished with Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217 and then defeated her by unanimous decision at UFC 233 in April. If Andrade is able to defeat the Namajunas, he mounts a rematch to Jedrzejczyk, who has a win over Andrade.
"Rose has only four months to defend the belt or she can lose the belt without a fight. This is the thing. I was a very busy champion and other champions are very busy, but if you do not defend your title once a year, you'll be losing your belt. We will see."