NEW YORK — Joanna Jedrzejczyk isn’t as loud or as boisterous as Conor McGregor, but she has a great way of getting into her opponent’s head before a fight just like the UFC featherweight champion.
While Jedrzejczyk sat back and soaked in the loud crowd inside Madison Square Garden on Thursday, she still managed to engage in a little mental warfare with opponent Karolina Kowalkiewicz after the pre-fight press conference was over.
The two Polish strawweights didn’t have much to say to each other during the question and answer period, but the tension was thick when Jedrzejczyk and Kowalkiewicz came together for the customary pre-fight face off.
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As soon as the two fighters marched across the stage, Jedrzejczyk got directly in Kowalkiewicz’s face and to her credit the top ranked women’s strawweight contender didn’t back down one big as she came nose to nose with the champion.
UFC president Dana White was quick to put his arm in between the two fighters to make sure nothing too crazy erupted, but he probably didn’t expect what happened next.