Joanna Jedrzejczyk retires after UFC 275 loss to Zhang Weili

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Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement after a brutal knockout loss to fellow former titleholder Zhang Weili at Saturday’s UFC 275 event in Singapore.

“Guys, I love life so much,” Jedrzejczyk said as she spoke with caged interviewer Daniel Cormier following the loss. “I’m retired guys. I love you guys so much. Thanks for the support.”

An emotional Jedrzejczyk went out of her way to thank UFC staff and management for their role in building the promotion before addressing fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium again.

“It’s been 20 years,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m 35 this year. I want to be a mom. I want to be a businesswoman. … I trained for two decades, more than half my life. I appreciate you all. I love you , guys.”

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Jedrzejczyk (16-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC), who was a decorated champion in Muay Thai and kickboxing before turning to MMA, will certainly find herself in the UFC Hall of Fame shortly.

The first Polish-born champion in UFC history won her first eight UFC contests, a run that saw her become the promotion’s second strawweight champion and then win five successful title defenses. . No other UFC strawweight champion has defended the belt more than once, and Jedrzejczyk’s dominance earned her the nickname “The Strawweight Queen.”

While her dominating run – not to mention a fierce personality that wasn’t afraid to make brash statements and go nose-to-nose with opponents in pre-fight stares – saw her earn a legion of fans, it was a 2020 clash with Weili perhaps most remembered in Jedrzejczyk’s career, a “Fight of the Year” contest that “Magnum” won by split decision. The fight is also a surefire addition to the UFC Hall of Fame “Fight Wing” in the very near future.


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