Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk reflected on the low points of her memorable mixed martial arts career.
Earlier this year, Jędrzejczyk ended his tenure in the Octagon. In 2020, the Polish star nearly regained her place on the throne when she faced then-champion Zhang Weili in what is widely considered to be one of the greatest title fights of all time.
After a two-year layoff, she returned at UFC 275 to revive it with “Magnum” in a contest that served as the title eliminator at 115 pounds. After Jędrzejczyk missed the chance to get revenge on Zhang and book a spot opposite Carla Esparza with a spin-off knockout, she announced her retirement.
After leaving her gloves on the Octagon floor, Jędrzejczyk ended a career that saw her record a record five strawweight gold defenses and appear in the most championship bouts in the league. history of the division.
But despite his immense success in the sport, not everything has been positive for Jędrzejczyk.
Jędrzejczyk recalls difficult ‘losses’
During a recent interview with BT Sport’s Adam Catterall, Jędrzejczyk reflected on his career five months after his decision to retire.
Although remembered for the eight-fight winning streak and championship reign she enjoyed inside the Octagon, the Pole suffered some notable setbacks including against Rose Namajunas, Valentina Shevchenko and Zhang.
Despite this, however, she revealed that the lowest moment of her fighting career was actually as a result of the sport, rather than as part of it.
“The lowest point? I think losing people I really trusted, who I thought were there for me, but they weren’t. They were just doing business,” Jędrzejczyk said. “But it’s a good thing. I lost this time, paid the ultimate price for someone’s mistakes, but won my life for the second time. It was a sad moment, but conversely, the best moment of my life because I was reborn once again.
“Most of my good people and friends, I lost when I was very successful because they couldn’t understand what it means to become a UFC fighter or a UFC champion, what it means to follow your dreams and the achieve,” added Jędrzejczyk.
Like most, Jędrzejczyk has experienced the ups and downs of the game of mixed martial arts. Although she no longer has a presence inside the cage, her legacy will undoubtedly be remembered by fans and fighters alike as she pursues new endeavors.
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