UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk took part in a UFC 205 media call on Wednesday and said how she wants to be remembered. Ronda Rousey practically defined women’s MMA, but she is coming of a loss. By contrast, Jedrzejczyk is a perfect 12-0. The women’s bantamweight belt went from Ronda Rousey to Holly Holm to Miesha Tate to Amanda Nunes, all in eight months. By contrast, if Jedrzejczyk wins, that will make four successful title defenses in a row, putting her in second place behind men’s flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for active UFC championship reigns.
“I know that I’m not the prettiest one, I’m not having big boobies or I’m not American,” she said, as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting. “But I want people to remember me as the best female fighter, undefeated in MMA, and the UFC champion of the world.
“I want to be a legend. I want people to talk about me in five, 10 years, 20 years, that I was one of the best female MMA fighters, that I was one of the best UFC champions in the world back in the day. This is what I want. I just want to retire as an undefeated champion. This is my goal. This is my dream, and I want to make this dream become life.”
On November 12, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, Jedrzejczyk faces challenger and fellow Pole Karolina Kowalkiewicz. UFC 205 will be the biggest PPV in league history, and the champ couldn’t be happier.
“Finally, I can make some money, you know?” she teased. “I never complain about the money and I’m not going to do this, I’m just joking. I’m very happy that I can fight on 205, that I can fight in New York on the first UFC event in New York. I’m very happy to fight on the same card with Conor McGregor, with Eddie, with Tyron, with Stephen and with the other fighters.
“This card is an amazing card, so I’m very happy. It’s a pleasure for me. Like I said, I want to be part of the biggest UFC shows ever. My dream is to fight in Poland, but next year. Now it’s time to build myself in the U.S. more. I got lots of attention after my fight with Claudia, so now I’m ready to take over the UFC shows.”
“It’s going to be a really beautiful morning for Polish fans. Because in Poland it’s going to be very early, Nov. 13, when we are going to fight in New York. So it’s a big deal. I love my country. Even though I moved to Florida, I’m still Polish. I love my city and I’m doing this for them, so I’m representing my country, even though I must face Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
“We fought in 2012; it was my first or second amateur fight, same with her, so I know that she’s a different fighter. She proved that she can join the UFC. She had three fights, she won against Rose, who was supposed to be my next challenger, but I’m happy for Karolina, for all of us, for Polish MMA. This is going to be a historical moment for female MMA in Poland, and for MMA in Poland.”
“People said so many times that there nobody who can take this belt away from me, but it isn’t true. I’m trying to stay humble. This camp was even harder than before the fight with Claudia Gadelha, so definitely, I’m focused. I keep my eyes open and I train very hard because there is lots of talent in this division. So definitely, this fight with Karolina, it’s a big challenge for me. But I will win this fight and you’re going to be surprised how I’m going to win this fight.”