At UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey showed everyone that she is constantly improving in order to keep up with her division. She knows that is necessary if her plans of her legacy — retiring undefeated as champion — are to come to fruition. However, Rousey isn’t the only dominant female in UFC. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the current UFC women’s strawweight champion, is proving to everyone that she isn’t to be taken lightly, as proven in her last fight against Jessica Penne. However, she is not exactly the unstoppable force Rousey has reportedly become.
Apparently, Joanna Jedrzejczyk knows that about herself, feeling that she needs to improve if she too wants to leave behind the same legacy Ronda Rousey is aiming for. Who better to learn from than the dominant female athlete who is undefeated in 12 fights, all of them being first-round wins except for one?
Joanna Jedrzejczyk first showed interest in training with Ronda Rousey during a radio interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, as reported by MMA Fighting. Helwani asked Jedrzejczyk if she would visit and train at other gyms before she starts her MMA training camp in her home country of Poland. Jedrzejczyk made it clear she wouldn’t mind doing such, but provided one particular detail that is quite interesting.
“I would like to visit some gyms and train a little bit before I start my camp in Poland. So yeah, why not. I could maybe visit Ronda’s gym and we could train together.”
As mentioned before, Joanna Jedrzejczyk knows she needs to train to remain on top of her division. Not to mention, it will be tough because she is set to fight Claudia Gadelha who recently won at UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia. At the venue, Gadelha lit up Jessica Aguilar like a Christmas Tree. Because of that decision, Gadelha was granted a championship fight against Jedrzejczyk.
What is unique thing about Claudia Gadelha is that Joanna Jedrzejczyk barely won in their first fight. As a matter of fact, most MMA fans — especially those who exclusively follow UFC — truly believe Gadelha won her fight against Jedrzejczyk. It is true, Gadelha didn’t do so well in the first round, but she found her stride, lighting up Jedrzejczyk in the following two rounds. By the end of the fight however, Jedrzejczyk won by split decision, as reported by Washington Post.
Unless Joanna Jedrzejczyk improves, she may not be so lucky going up against Claudia Gadelha again. This time, she has more to lose since her championship will be on the line. So if there is a possibility “JJ” can better herself by training with “Rowdy” before her fight against “Caludinha,” she better utilize it.
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