Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Karolina Kowalkiewicz doesn’t deserve a rematch
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk says challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz doesn’t deserve a rematch after being defeated at UFC 205 by unanimous decision.
Fresh off her title-defending win at UFC 205, strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk seems to have no interest in a rematch with her Poland rival, Karolina Kowalkiewicz. During her appearance on The MMA Hour, Jedrzejczyk says she doesn’t believe that Kowalkiewicz deserves a rematch, saying that she believes every round was 10-8.
While the judges scored an unanimous decision for Jedrzejczyk (49-46) it was closer than she says. The champion dominated the first three rounds but Kowalkiewicz was able to wobble and stun Jedrzejczyk in the fourth round, although she was able to recover and survive through the championship rounds to defend her title.
Following the fight, Kowalkiewicz lobbied for a rematch during her post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, one Jedrzejczyk doesn’t have any interest in.
“No, come on She lost the fight. It was like 10-8 every round. Maybe the fourth round she was dangerous for like 10 seconds. In Woodley and Thompson, Thompson deserved the rematch, you know, the fight was so close. But come on, she can’t talk about the rematch. I heard she was running to Dana [White] right after the fight and asking for the rematch, but come on, come on.”
UFC President Dana White seemed to be siding with Jedrzejczyk following UFC 205. During the post-fight press conference White said he would like to see Kowalkiewicz against Claudia Gadelha before making a rematch between her and Jedrzejczyk.
Although Kowalkiewicz seemed to have Jedrzejczyk in danger during the fourth round, the champion did not see her as the toughest bout in her career. Jedrzejczyk did credit Kowalkiewicz, saying “Polish chicks are tough” and that she expected a tough fight from her, but she has had tougher opponents in her career.
“She’s tough, but I’m a champion because I’m so humble in the gym, I’m so humble everyday, I’m hard on myself, I learn everyday, and I’m making the right decision in my life and fighting career. Karolina was tough. I didn’t disrespect her before the fight. I had really tough fights with Claudia Gadelha, Valerie Letourneau, so it wasn’t the toughest fight for me. I was so dominant in this fight, I felt so great, I felt like I could do more, but I did just enough.
While White has a possible future fight for Kowalkiewicz, the champion says she would like to take some time off and return in “maybe April, maybe May” after she talks to the UFC and figure out when the two sides can agree on her next fight.
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