UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk seemed in Rose Namajunas’ course throughout Thursday’s UFC 217 press convention and delivered a message that ought to’ve sounded acquainted to battle followers.
And not essentially in a great way, both.
“I think this press conference is a little bit too much, and after the second face-off, she’s going to be more stressing out about our fight on Saturday,” Jedrzejczyk mentioned, ever so confidently. “I think you cannot be the champion, because you just can’t do this. You can’t deal with the media. You can’t deal with the pressure. It’s too much for you.”
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When have we heard one thing like this earlier than? Which former UFC champion as soon as mentioned primarily the identical factor, claiming the challenger wouldn’t be able to deal with the accountability of holding the title?
Did you neglect?
It was Ronda Rousey in the course of the build-up to her title battle towards Holly Holm almost two years in the past at UFC 193.
“No, I don’t think she would be comfortable being champion,” Rousey mentioned again then. “I think it would take away from her quality of life to be perfectly honest. I think this kind of environment isn’t what Holly would like. I hope she takes the money from losing and has a great life, one she would like a lot more than this one.”
We all know the way that ended – with a surprising loss and one among MMA’s greatest upsets.
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Now look, I’m not saying Namajunas will dominate and end Jedrzejczyk with a devastating head kick or something loopy. In reality, I don’t badume Namajunas (6-Three MMA, Four-2 UFC) wins as a result of, whats up, how may you choose towards Jedrzejczyk (14-Zero MMA, Eight-Zero UFC), a 6-1 favourite, at this level?
But there are some hanging similarities that can not be ignored. In addition to what’s been mentioned, there’s additionally the truth that these phrases had been aimed toward quiet, unbaduming opponents. Namajunas, like Holm, isn’t one to speak trash. And it’s felt like Jedrzejczyk, like Rousey, has pressured attempting to promote the battle with antics – for example, twice crossing the road and touching her fist to Namajunas’ face throughout staredowns. With Rousey, it was blowing up on Holm throughout weigh-ins.
And there’s this: Jedrzejczyk seemingly is wanting previous Namajunas, very similar to Rousey did Holm. Granted, Rousey’s future focus wasn’t badociated to MMA; she’d already determined beforehand to take time without work to concentrate on appearing. At least with Jedrzejczyk, it’s about combating – breaking Rousey’s consecutive title-defense report after which dominating two different divisions.
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But nonetheless. Focus on the duty at hand first.
Jedrzejczyk can tie Rousey’s report along with her sixth straight protection if she wins her pay-per-view bout on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
But don’t you form of surprise if the celebs are lining up for historical past to repeat itself in a destructive method for the champion?
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