BROOKLYN, NY – Joanna Jedrzejczyk challenged a second loss for UFC women's champion Rose Namajunas, and believes she is unmatched in her division.
Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) cited statistics of fights that had his outlanding Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) as evidence that he deserved to win the rematch, stating that "the numbers do not they lie. " Namajunas won with three scores of 49-46.
"That's the answer," he told reporters after his loss at co-headliner UFC 223 pay-per-view on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY "We thought the second round was very close, but man, more kicks from me.
"Namajunas" gassed from the third round, and I could fight 10 more rounds. At the end of each break, I was standing, ready to go. "
" The significant blows tell the truth, "he added later.
Despite his brave face, Jedrzejczyk fought emotion when he faced his loss
"I felt like I was winning the fight," he said, wiping away tears "And here, I'm not complaining about losing." I'm a really different fighter. for sport, I feel great. "
Given his second setback for the champion, Jedrzejczyk naturally faced questions about his immediate career plans. She resisted and said that her priority is to go on vacation and decompress a long battlefield.
"I feel good in the 115-pound division," he said. "But we'll see where we're going after the holidays."
Jedrzejczyk made it clear that, whatever she decides, she still considers herself a dominant force at 115 pounds, where she defended the title five times before Namajunas bothered her last November. to take the belt.
"You can see the other weight females fighting, and let's go," she said. "They can not compare to me." They are all jealous and talk too much all the time. I tell them, lean. I am the queen. "
And although the judges did not declare her the winner, Jedrzejczyk prides herself on her performance, especially when compared to a previous loss she attributed to a brutal weight cut.
" Fourteen hours cut weight, die, "he said." You can imagine how my body felt in the first fight. But say all you had this time. "
With his advantage in significant strikes no doubt aided by dozens of kicks in the legs, Jedrzejczyk took the validation through the physical marks he left on the champion.
" Let's see how (Namajunas is) going for a walk tomorrow, "he said.
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