In her current win over Michelle Waterson this previous October, Joanna Jedrzejczyk regarded like her outdated self. And in accordance with the previous UFC strawweight champion, there’s cause for that.
“Lifetime of a single [woman],” Jedrzejczyk stated with amusing on a current episode of UFC Unfiltered. “Individuals in Poland know extra, however folks within the states and worldwide, they don’t know a lot about my non-public life. The final two years have been fairly troublesome for me. It was a tough time, and I really feel like 2019 is a particular yr, so I can’t look forward to 2020.”
Jedrzejczyk stated the deterioration of her relationship together with her now ex-fiance factored into the lack of her title and her subsequent struggles.
“I broke up with my fiance, and we broke up earlier than my first struggle with Rose Namajunas, and this horrible weight minimize occurred, and I broke up once more,” she stated. “This yr I came upon that my [previous Polish] supervisor tousled my cash, after which I came upon that my fiance was dishonest on me.
“That woman referred to as me; I believe that she was afraid that I used to be going to beat her up so badly, however I used to be like, ‘No, I’m kidding.’ I simply wish to present to folks and inform those who there’s at all times one thing occurring in our lives. It doesn’t matter who you’re. In case your non-public life isn’t getting in the proper path, you’re not going to achieve success within the sport, or within the enterprise.”
After beginning her MMA profession with 14 straight wins, together with 5 consecutive defenses of the UFC strawweight championship, Jedrzejczyk faltered in a pair of bouts in opposition to Namajunas. She then she misplaced a struggle for the vacant flyweight title in a rematch with Valentina Shevchenko.
That left Jedrzejczyk with losses in three of her 4 most up-to-date appearances – she managed a unanimous determination victory over Tecia Torres – and the as soon as seemingly unstoppable champion’s future appeared murky.
Now, after snapping Waterson’s three-fight win streak, Jedrzejczyk, 32, is poised to problem present 115-pound champion Zhang Weili at UFC 248 on March 7 in Las Vegas. She’s grateful for surviving her current turmoil, and she or he advises different fighters to raised reconcile their careers with their private lives.
“So I paid the last word worth as a result of I’m a warrior, I’m an actual fighter, and all of us are fighters, each single day,” she stated. “I used to be at all times like, ‘Every part is okay, every little thing is sweet.’ And I used to be attempting to throw the unhealthy issues out from my head, my thoughts. However it was there.
“This yr was superb, and I can’t look forward to that coming 2020. Now I be happy. I really feel me, I really feel Joanna once more. I’m extra sensible, I’m extra skilled. Possibly shitty issues occurred in my life, nevertheless it has to occur one way or the other. I’m comfortable. I do know what life is about now. After I turned 30, I assumed I knew so much and I had skilled so much. I used to be damaged in my life, so devoted to the game, dropping my thoughts into the game, working so onerous. However that’s the distinction – I’m comfortable now.”