Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Jędrzejczyk Reveals What’s Next For Her In The MMA World

Newly retired Joanna Jędrzejczyk has revealed she has aspirations of becoming an MMA manager.

Jędrzejczyk announced her MMA retirement following her loss to Zhang Weili at UFC 275 on Saturday. The 34-year-old showed glimpses of her former self in the fight but struggled to deal with Zhang’s strength and power. She was ultimately knocked out cold by a stunning spinning backfist from Weili in round two.

The loss was Joanna’s fifth in her last seven fights, extending a poor stretch of form that commenced after losing her strawweight title to Rose Namajunas in 2017. The Pole lost to Namajunas yet again the following year, before racking up losses to Valentina Shevchenko and back-to-back defeats to Zhang.

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Jędrzejczyk Shares Her Post-Retirement Plans

For many, Jędrzejczyk will go down as one of the greatest women’s strawweight fighters of all time. Starting her pro MMA career in 2012, Joanna entered the UFC just over two years later, capturing the strawweight title in her third fight with the promotion. She went on to defend her title five times, defeating the likes of Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jéssica Andrade in the process.

Jędrzejczyk has certainly experienced all the highs and lows of an MMA career. And speaking at the UFC 275 post-fight press conference, Joanna said she now plans to leverage this experience to help fighters grow their careers.

“In the future, I want to be the best manager I can be, learning from the best, Jennifer Goldstein, my manager, CAA Combat Sports; Dan Lambert, the owner of ATT. So I want to be around. Rose, let’s get some training,” said Jędrzejczyk, before laughing.

So, we’re likely to see Joanna remain in the MMA world for some time to come. And the former champ says she has no problem stepping away from the spotlight to see a new generation of fighters take her place.

“And yeah, I want to be around the sport, of course,” said Jędrzejczyk. “This is who I am. This is what made me. I was born to be the UFC champion, and I was. I took my chance, I got as much, and it’s time for the second generation.”

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