Joanna Jedrzejczyk suffered the first loss of her professional mixed martial arts career at UFC 217 in New York. The former UFC champion was the heaviest favorite of all the champions heading into the Madison Square Garden mega-card against “Thug” Rose. With a stunning first round finish, Rose Namajunas earned the UFC strawweight title by taking out Jedrzejczyk. That being said, Jedrzejczyk claims the loss was due to an accident, not a mistake.
Speaking in a press conference in China for UFC Fight Night 122, Jedrzejczyk said:
“Mistakes happen to everyone. But it was not a mistake, it was an accident.”
“I’m not gonna blame anyone because I’m a classy lady. I’m a professional athlete. But please, don’t say anything about my coaches or my team. We were prepared for this fight, and I was supposed to do it this way.”
“I give big respect to Rose Namajunas.” Joanna Jedrzejczyk continued. “She won the fight in a good style. But the thing is like I said, it was an accident, I know what happened, I analyzed the fight and I know what happened, (and) I will be back stronger than ever.”