UFC women’s bantamweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk put on a five round masterclass against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 on Saturday night, but at the post-fight presser she suddenly became emotional and walked off-stage after being given some unexpected news.

The 29-year-old had appeared to be in high spirits in the early stages of her post-fight Q&A with reporters as she waxed lyrical about how much she is enjoying being a part of the ATT camp since moving from her native Poland.

“Yes, I think (it was my best fight),” Jedrzejczyk told the assembled media. “Even if I’m getting older, I feel this fire. And I want to learn. Since I moved to American Top Team, I feel I’m the bird who escaped from the cage, if you know this meaning. So that’s the thing. I’m very hard on myself every day, and you can ask my coaches.

“I’m not happy even after a good training session because I know I can do better. There’s always something to change and do better. So that’s why I’m going to keep on defending this belt. I feel like I stepped on a different level and I’m looking forward – I’m going on vacation for a few days, flying back to Poland to spend some time with my family, but I cannot wait to get back to ATT and put on work again with my team, because it’s amazing.”

Her emotional investment in ATT became even more apparent later when MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani asked her how she felt about the fact that the fight team’s long-time wrestling coach Kami Barzini was going to be leaving.

“Is he? I didn’t know about…” Jedrzejczyk began to respond, appearing genuinely taken aback by the news.

“He’s amazing,” Jedrzejczyk said as she struggled to keep her emotions in check. “And, like…I don’t know. I don’t want to talk about and We didn’t want to talk about…”

At that moment Jedrzejczyk put the mic down, hung her head and began to cry, before silently getting up and walking off stage.

Jerzejczyk has since cheered up though and is currently enjoying a well earned holiday with her fiance.

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