On June 20, 2015, Joanna Jędrzejczyk showed exactly why she is the UFC women’s strawweight champion after dispatching her opponent, Jessica Penne, in her first title defense. The fight that Jędrzejczyk and Penne had at UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne was one of the most brutal women’s MMA fights ever seen. Penne suffered horrendously, coming out of the fight with a face looking like ground beef. This may be why Joanna Jędrzejczyk claims nobody in her division is ready for her, despite it having Tecia Torres, Felice Herrig, and Paige VanZant.
Though Joanna Jędrzejczyk clearly came out on top during her first championship defense, she did not escape injury. Apparently, Jędrzejczyk broke her right thumb on Penne’s face. Despite this, doctors argued if surgery was necessary. Thirteen days later, it was finally agreed Jędrzejczyk did indeed need it.
According to 5th Round, Joanna Jędrzejczyk went under the knife on Friday, July 3, 2015. She posted the news of the operation on her official Instagram account with the following statement (and the picture attached above).
“Yesterday I had an appointment with Dr. Shin and surgery was necessary. So today we had the procedure at Kerlan Jobe, surgery was a success and everybody at the hospital was super nice to me.”
Unfortunately for fans of the UFC women’s strawweight champion, the surgery is going to put Joanna Jędrzejczyk on the shelf for a minimum of three months, as reported by Bleacher Report. Nevertheless, Jędrzejczyk believes she will be healed and ready to fight right before the year ends.
“If everything goes OK, I will be back in time to fight before the end of the year.”
Right now, Joanna Jędrzejczyk holds a professional MMA record of 10-0-0. Four of those victories are in the UFC.
[Featured Image via Ronald Martinez/Getty, Post Image via Joanna Jędrzejczyk’s Official Instagram]