Joanna Jedrzejczyk has had a rough time of it of late, losing her strawweight title to Rose Namajunas by first round TKO and then being defeated in the rematch, before also coming up short in a flyweight title fight with Valentina Shevchenko last time out.
That leaves the 31-year-old Polish star at something of a crossroads in her career, but it seems she still has plenty of confidence that she can turn that around, starting with a return to 115lbs.
“Now I want to compete in the strawweight division, win this belt and I will do that, mark my words here and now,” Jedrzejczyk told the Eurobash podcast. “After that, I will move to the flyweight division.
“Before the fight with Valentina I knew that I was going to drop to the strawweight division again. I didn’t want to put on [extra] weight but in the fight, I felt different. I felt that Valentina was very strong in the clinch or on the ground and it took so much time for me to get out and get the fight back on my feet.”
Since she’s heading back to strawweight, Jedrzejczyk was asked to predict the winner of the upcoming title fight in the division between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade, and she also indicated who she’d like to face out of the two of them.
“I beat Jessica so easily, only with my jab, and the thing is, she’s such a dangerous fighter. There is nobody else who has beaten her [at strawweight].
“For me, it’s 50-50 between her and Rose Namajunas. If Rose Namajunas is going to be smart and use her footwork and distance, she can win this fight. But of course, Jessica Andrade is like a bull in a fight. I cannot wait to face Rose or Andrade, but I would like to face Andrade one more time to show to people that there is only person that can beat her…and it’s me.”