Joanna Jedrzejczyk may be considering retiring from mixed martial arts within the next couple of years to pursue marriage and to start a family.
The UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be defending her belt for the fourth time this weekend. She will be fighting on the main card of the historic UFC 205 that will take place Saturday night in New York City. Jedrzejczyk fight fellow polish fight Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a five-round championship bout. Jedrzejczyk is one of the top fighters in the UFC, and currently the only unbeaten champion in the UFC. Despite these feats, she is looking ahead to what may follow her fighting career.
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Since coming into the UFC Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0) has dazzled the 115-pound division. She has been unmatched in each of her first six fights in the organization. Her impressive stand up is among the best that the sport has seen, but the toll that comes with such a physical sport has begun to take its toll. The champ spoke this week with MMA Junkie and stated that she has been thinking of her future.
“I like to be a healthy person, I know I am not retiring in a month or two,” Jedrzejczyk said before adding “[I will] Fight for the next few fights and then see what’s going to happen.”
Jedrzejczyk has had multiple hand surgeries since becoming the champion. Her style of fighting is very aggressive and can take a toll on her body and especially her hands. In addition to the damage that she takes during the fight, is the effects that making weight for each fight can do on the body. During her Muay Thai career, Jedrzejczyk fought at 125 pounds but dropped to 115 when she came to the UFC. There have been talks recently that the UFC is planning to bring in the women’s flyweight division. In the past, Jedrzejczyk has expressed interest in pursuing a belt in that division when the time comes.If Jedrzejczyk had the opportunity to move up in weight and fight at flyweight, that could allow her to fight longer.
In the past, Jedrzejczyk has expressed interest in pursuing a belt in that division when the time comes.If Jedrzejczyk had the opportunity to move up in weight and fight at flyweight, that could allow her to fight longer. After retirement she said she would like to get married and start a family.
UFC 205 will take place Saturday, November 12th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.