Joanna Jedrzejczyk may have lost to Rose Namajunas, but the former UFC women’s strawweight champion has no less confidence in herself.
On the cusp of equalling Ronda Rousey’s record run of title defences, Jedrzejczyk was stunningly defeated by Namajunas in the first round of their fight at UFC 217. Before the contest, Jedrzejczyk had seemed certain she would win, and combining that with being made the big favourite by oddsmakers, some speculated the Pole might have been overconfident going into New York.
But if you thought she was going to tone down her antics, or perhaps be a tad more humble in future, you have another thing coming,
“Mistakes happen to everyone,” Jedrzejczyk said, speaking to MMAjunkie at a Q&A in China. “But it was not a mistake, it was an accident. I’m not gonna blame anyone because I’m a classy lady. I’m a professional athlete. But please, don’t say anything about my coaches or my team. We were prepared for this fight, and I was supposed to do it this way.”
“I give big respect to Rose Namajunas. She won the fight in a good style. But the thing is like I said, it was an accident, I know what happened, I analyzed the fight and I know what happened, (and) I will be back stronger than ever. … People who are saying that I am cocky or arrogant that’s why I lost, I just want to tell you that I will be more cocky. I will be more arrogant. And I will be more loud because I know my value. I am bigger than that night at UFC 217.”