Joanna Jędrzejczyk

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Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Joanna Jędrzejczyk.png
Jędrzejczyk in 2015
BornJoanna Jędrzejczyk
(1987-08-18) August 18, 1987 (age 34)
Olsztyn, Poland
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
DivisionKickboxing:
Super bantamweight
Featherweight
MMA:
Strawweight (2014–2018, 2019–2022)
Flyweight (2012–2014, 2018)
Reach65+12 in (166 cm)[1]
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofOlsztyn, Poland
TeamTeam Mr. Perfect (2008–2010)[2]
Berkut Arrachion Olsztyn (2012–2016)[3]
American Top Team (2016–2022)[4]
RankBlue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Artur Wasilevski[5]
Years active2012–2022
Kickboxing record
Total30
Wins27
By knockout4
Losses3
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins16
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision11
Losses5
By knockout2
By decision3
Amateur Muay Thai record
Total40
Wins37
Losses3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Women’s Muay Thai
Representing  Poland
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Istanbul −57 kg
Gold medal – first place 2012 Saint Petersburg −57 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Tashkent −57 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Bangkok −57 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Bangkok −57 kg
Silver medal – second place 2008 Busan −57 kg
last updated on: June 13, 2022

Joanna Jędrzejczyk (Polish: [jɔˈanna jɛndˈʐɛjtʂɨk] (listen); born August 18, 1987) is a Polish former professional mixed martial artist and Muay Thai kickboxer. She has been called the greatest female strawweight mixed martial artist of all time, including by Daniel Cormier, who credited her with putting the weight class "on the map".[6][7] Jędrzejczyk holds several records in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where she is a former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion, including most successful strawweight title defenses (5), most consecutive wins at strawweight (8), and is the first Polish champion and first female European champion.

After discovering Muay Thai as a teenager, Jędrzejczyk went on to earn six medals (five gold) at the IFMA World Muaythai Championships and held several different championship titles with promotions such as World Kickboxing Network and World Muaythai Council. Switching to mixed martial arts (MMA) in May 2012, Jędrzejczyk went undefeated in her first nine fights and won the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship in March 2015 after defeating Carla Esparza at UFC 185. Over the next two years, she continued her undefeated streak with five successful title defenses against opponents such as Jessica Penne, Cláudia Gadelha, and Jéssica Andrade. Jędrzejczyk suffered the first loss of her MMA career when she lost the championship to Rose Namajunas in November 2017. After losing a rematch with Namajunas, Jędrzejczyk defeated Tecia Torres before briefly returning to flyweight in an unsuccessful attempt to capture the vacant UFC Women's Flyweight Championship against Valentina Shevchenko in December 2018. Following a strawweight win over Michelle Waterson, Jędrzejczyk faced new strawweight champion Zhang Weili at UFC 248 in March 2020. Jędrzejczyk lost by split decision in what was called the greatest fight in women's MMA history by many pundits. Following a two-year layoff, Jędrzejczyk retired from mixed martial arts in June 2022 after losing a rematch against Zhang at UFC 275.

Muay Thai and kickboxing[edit]

Jędrzejczyk discovered Muay Thai when she was 16, while taking up fitness, which eventually led her to compete in national and European tournaments.[8][9] Jędrzejczyk competed in Muay Thai and kickboxing for 10 years, winning over 60 matches. Her amateur Muay Thai accomplishments include six IFMA world medals (five gold, one silver) and four IFMA European championships with a record of 37 wins and 3 losses. During her professional career Jędrzejczyk won five world titles including the WKN World Championship, J Girls Championship, WBKF Championship, WKF European Championship, and the WMC Championship.[10][11] Her professional record is 27–3.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jędrzejczyk made her professional debut in mixed martial arts (MMA) on May 19, 2012, at SFT - MMA Fight Night Diva SPA against Sylwia Juskiewicz, winning via unanimous decision.[12] On December 8, 2012, at MFC 5 she defeated Lily Kazak by submission via rear naked choke.[13] On June 20, 2013, at Battle of Moscow 12 she defeated the then #1 Russian WMMA flyweight fighter Julia Berezikova via unanimous decision.[14]

By July 2013, Jędrzejczyk was the #7 women's flyweight fighter in the world by Fight Matrix.[15]

On June 7, 2014, at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 69 she defeated Rosi Sexton via knockout in the second round.[16]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Jędrzejczyk officially signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in July 2014.[17] She made her promotional debut, now fighting as a strawweight, on July 26, 2014, at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown against Juliana Lima. She won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Jędrzejczyk next faced undefeated strawweight top contender Cláudia Gadelha on December 13, 2014, at UFC on Fox 13.[19] She won the fight via split decision. The judges' decision was met with much controversy as the majority of the MMA media scored the bout in favor of Gadelha.[20]

Strawweight Champion[edit]

Jędrzejczyk faced Carla Esparza for the UFC Strawweight Championship on March 14, 2015, at UFC 185.[21] Jędrzejczyk won the one-sided bout via TKO in the second round, becoming the first UFC title-holder from Poland and first female European UFC champion.[9][22] Subsequently, Jędrzejczyk won a Performance of the Night bonus.[23]

Jędrzejczyk posing with the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship

Jędrzejczyk's first title defense was against Jessica Penne on June 20, 2015, at UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne in Berlin, Germany. She successfully defended the title against Penne, defeating her in the third round via TKO following a flurry of punches and a knee against the cage. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[24][25] Jędrzejczyk later underwent surgery to repair a fractured thumb incurred during the fight.[26]

In her second title defense, Jędrzejczyk faced Valérie Létourneau on November 15, 2015, in the co-main event at UFC 193. She won the fight by unanimous decision to retain her title.[27] The 220 significant strikes landed by Jędrzejczyk were the most ever in a championship fight.[28] 70 leg kicks were landed by Jędrzejczyk, the most in UFC history. The previous record was 68, set by Carlos Condit against Nick Diaz at UFC 143.[28]

In early 2016, the UFC announced that Jędrzejczyk would be one of the coaches, opposite former opponent Cláudia Gadelha on The Ultimate Fighter 23. A rematch between the two took place on July 8, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale[29] in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. She won the fight via unanimous decision.[30] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[31]

Jędrzejczyk successfully defended her title for the 4th consecutive time by defeating fellow Pole Karolina Kowalkiewicz by unanimous decision on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden, the first event the promotion had held in the historic arena.[32]

Jędrzejczyk faced Jéssica Andrade on May 13, 2017, at UFC 211. She won the fight via unanimous decision, and successfully defended her title for the fifth consecutive time.[33] Jędrzejczyk landed the most significant strikes in UFC championship history (225), had the highest significant strike differential in UFC championship history (142), and broke her previous record for most leg kicks thrown in a single fight (75).[34]

For her sixth title defense, Jędrzejczyk faced Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 4, 2017. She lost the bout via KO (punches) in the first round, marking her first professional loss in mixed martial arts competition.[35]

Post-championship[edit]

A title fight rematch between Namajunas and Jędrzejczyk took place on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223.[36] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

Jędrzejczyk faced Tecia Torres on July 28, 2018, at UFC on Fox 30.[38] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

Return to Flyweight[edit]

On September 20, 2018, it was announced that Jędrzejczyk was expected to return to flyweight to face Valentina Shevchenko on December 8, 2018, at UFC 231 for the vacant UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.[40] Due to UFC 230 being in need of a main event, Shevchenko was booked against Sijara Eubanks.[41] After the UFC announced Cormier vs. Lewis on October 9, 2018, UFC confirmed the bout between Shevchenko and Eubanks was canceled and that Jędrzejczyk would again fight for the title against Shevchenko in the co-main event at UFC 231.[42] Jędrzejczyk lost the fight via a unanimous decision.[43]

Return to Strawweight[edit]

Jędrzejczyk faced Michelle Waterson on October 12, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 19.[44] Per news reports, Jędrzejczyk had informed the UFC that she might not be able to make the Strawweight limit; however, she weighed in at 115.5 pounds.[45][46] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[47]

Jędrzejczyk faced Zhang Weili for UFC Women's Strawweight Championship on March 7, 2020, at UFC 248.[48] She lost the fight via split decision.[49] This fight earned her the Fight of the Night award,[50] and was considered by many pundits as the greatest fight in women's MMA history.[51][52][53]

A rematch between Jędrzejczyk and Zhang took place on June 11, 2022 at UFC 275.[54] Jędrzejczyk lost the fight after getting knocked out with a spinning backfist in the second round. In her post-fight interview, Jędrzejczyk announced her retirement from mixed martial arts, saying, "It's been 20 years. I'm turning 35 this year. I want to be a mom. I want to be a businesswoman. I've been training two decades, more than half of my life. I appreciate you all. I love you guys."[55][56]

Fighting style and coaches[edit]

A decorated kickboxer, Jędrzejczyk is known for precise and calculated striking.[57] She employs a sprawl-and-brawl strategy in MMA fighting.[58][59] While standing with opponents, she constantly varies between high punches and body shots, also utilizing knees, elbows, and high front kicks.[60][61] She also uses a flurry of strikes just to confuse the opponent before landing a solid strike, much akin to Chuck Liddell.[62] SportsJoe.ie MMA journalist Darragh Murphy summed up her fighting style: "Her technique has the right combination of sublimity and relentlessness, expressing one's typically violent art through beauty, the perfect storm."[63]

Jędrzejczyk is soft-spoken and has a calm and endearing personality with fans.[64][65][66][67][68] However, she often employs the use of trash-talk against her opponents before fights,[69][70][71] and her fights have been known to be violent and bloody.[70][72][73] UFC president Dana White has praised her stating "She is so bad ass... pound-for-pound [she is the] best female fighter on Earth... Her killer instinct is ridiculous."[74] MMA media have called Jędrzejczyk "must-see TV".[75][76][77][78]

Jędrzejczyk has been praised for her elite level sprawl-and-brawl strategy. Fightland striking analyst Jack Slack has written that "she's being likened to Chuck Liddell, and that is a pretty solid way to describe her...while she has an undoubtedly better technical striking game than Liddell".[79] BloodyElbow.com striking analyst Connor Ruebusch has written "Distance, angles, and damage. These are the key ingredients of successful takedown defense, and the elements that make Joanna Jędrzejczyk and José Aldo such masterful strikers."[59] The Washington Post striking analyst Patrick Wyman wrote that "sound fundamentals fuel the best fighters in the world, and nobody has better mastered the bread and butter of footwork and distance management than Aldo and Jedrzejczyk".[80] Foxsports.com striking analyst Jason Parillo has stated that "Joanna's MMA boxing is remarkable. It's second to none".[81]

Since her training camp for UFC 205, Jędrzejczyk has trained at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.[82]

Her strength and conditioning coach is Phil Daru.[83] In 2021, Jędrzejczyk was promoted to blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after training in the gi.[84]

Personal life[edit]

Jędrzejczyk is Catholic and prays with a rosary before entering the ring or Octagon.[85]

She was the fiancée of former Polish football player Przemysław Buta.[86] In a 2019 interview, she cited "some difficulties" in her personal life for "almost two years," confirming that she is no longer engaged to Buta.[87]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • J-Girls Kickboxing Federation
    • J-Girls Champion (2009)
  • World Budokai Federation
    • WBKF Pro Title (2013)
  • World Kickboxing Federation
    • WKF European Champion (2010)
  • World Kickboxing Network
    • WKN World Champion (2010)

Muay Thai[edit]

  • IFMA World Championships
    • 2013  Gold -57 kg
    • 2012  Gold -57 kg
    • 2011  Gold -57 kg
    • 2010  Gold -57 kg
    • 2009  Gold -57 kg
    • 2008  Silver -57 kg
  • IFMA European Championships
    • IFMA European Champion (four times)
  • World Muaythai Council
    • WMC/EMF European Champion (one time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 16 wins 5 losses
By knockout 4 2
By submission 1 0
By decision 11 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–5 Zhang Weili KO (spinning backfist) UFC 275 June 11, 2022 2 2:28 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 16–4 Zhang Weili Decision (split) UFC 248 March 7, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 16–3 Michelle Waterson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson October 12, 2019 5 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States Return to Strawweight.
Loss 15–3 Valentina Shevchenko Decision (unanimous) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 5 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada For the vacant UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 15–2 Tecia Torres Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 14–2 Rose Namajunas Decision (unanimous) UFC 223 April 7, 2018 5 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States For the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Loss 14–1 Rose Namajunas TKO (punches) UFC 217 November 4, 2017 1 3:03 New York City, New York, United States Lost the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Win 14–0 Jéssica Andrade Decision (unanimous) UFC 211 May 13, 2017 5 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Defended the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Win 13–0 Karolina Kowalkiewicz Decision (unanimous) UFC 205 November 12, 2016 5 5:00 New York City, New York, United States Defended the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Win 12–0 Cláudia Gadelha Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 11–0 Valérie Létourneau Decision (unanimous) UFC 193 November 15, 2015 5 5:00 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Defended the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Jessica Penne TKO (punches and knee) UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne June 20, 2015 3 4:22 Berlin, Germany Defended the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 9–0 Carla Esparza TKO (punches) UFC 185 March 14, 2015 2 4:17 Dallas, Texas, United States Won the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 8–0 Cláudia Gadelha Decision (split) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Strawweight debut; UFC Women's Strawweight title eliminator.
Win 7–0 Juliana Lima Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Catchweight (116.5 lb) bout; Lima missed weight.
Win 6–0 Rosi Sexton KO (punch) CWFC 69: Super Saturday June 7, 2014 2 2:36 London, England
Win 5–0 Karla Benitez Decision (unanimous) WAM: Fabinski vs. Herb May 9, 2014 3 5:00 Warsaw, Poland
Win 4–0 Julia Berezikova Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 12 June 20, 2013 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 3–0 Kate Jackson TKO (doctor stoppage) PLMMA 17 Extra: Warmia Heroes May 18, 2013 2 5:00 Olsztyn, Poland
Win 2–0 Lily Kazak Submission (rear-naked choke) Makowski FC 5 December 8, 2012 1 3:22 Nowa Sol, Poland Flyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Sylwia Juśkiewicz Decision (unanimous) SFT: MMA Diva Fight Night SPA May 19, 2012 2 5:00 Kolobrzeg, Poland Catchweight (121 lb) bout.
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 Karolina Kowalkiewicz Submission (rear-naked choke) Amatorska Liga MMA 18 March 4, 2012 1 4:18 Sochaczew, Poland
Win 1–0 Paulina Suska Decision (unanimous) Amatorska Liga MMA 18 March 4, 2012 1 5:00 Sochaczew, Poland

Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV Buys
1. UFC 185 Esparza vs. Jędrzejczyk (co) March 14, 2015 American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas, U.S. 310,000
2. UFC 193 Jędrzejczyk vs. Létourneau (co) November 15, 2015 Etihad Stadium Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1,100,000
3. UFC 211 Jędrzejczyk vs. Andrade (co) May 13, 2017 American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas, U.S. 300,000
4. UFC 223 Namajunas vs. Joanna 2 (co) April 7, 2018 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York, U.S. 350,000
5. UFC 231 Shevchenko vs. Joanna (co) December 8, 2018 Scotiabank Arena Toronto, Ontario, Canada 300,000
Total sales 2,360,000

Muay Thai & Kickboxing record (incomplete)[edit]

Professional Muay Thai & Kickboxing Record
27 Wins (6 (T)KO, 21 decisions), 3 Loss, 1 Draw
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2013-11-07 Loss Thailand Duannapa Mor Rattanapundit[111] Muay Thai Angels Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2013-10-02 Win France Sandra Sevilla Muay Thai Angels Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2013-09-07 Win Germany Lisa Schewe Germany Decision 3 3:00
2011-11-26 Loss Belarus Ekaterina Vandaryeva Big-8 WKN World Grand Prix Minsk, Belarus Decision 5 3:00
Fought for WKN World Title
2011-05-11 Win Poland Marta Chojnoska Iron Fist 4 Szczecin, Poland Points 5 3:00
2010-06-19 Loss Scotland Amanda Kelly Lady Killers 4 Manchester, England Decision 5 3:00
2010-04-11 Win Netherlands Mariela Kruse Netherlands Points 3 3:00
2009-12-20 Win Japan Satoko Sasaki J-Girls Promotion Tokyo, Japan Points 3 3:00
2009-08-29 Win Suriname Titiana van Polanen Fighting with the Stars Paramaribo, Suriname Decision 3 3:00
2008-12-21 Win Netherlands Aleide Lawant Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes
Amateur Muay Thai record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2012-09-12 Win France Katia Semail I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2012, Finals -57 kg Saint Petersburg, Russia Decision 4 2:00
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -57 kg.
2012-09-11 Win Sweden Emma Thyni I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2012, Semi-finals -57 kg Saint Petersburg, Russia N/A N/A N/A
2012-09-10 Win New Zealand Janna Vaughan I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2012, Quarter Finals -57 kg Saint Petersburg, Russia N/A N/A N/A
2012-09-08 Win Ukraine Diana Jakovleva I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2012, First Round -57 kg Saint Petersburg, Russia N/A N/A N/A
2012-05-? Win Ukraine Diana Jakovleva E.M.F. European Championship Tournament 2012, Finals -60 kg[112] Antalya, Turkey Decision 4 2:00
Wins the E.M.F. European Championship Tournament Gold Medal -60 kg.
2011-09-26 Win Sweden Maria Olsson I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2011, Finals -57 kg Tashkent, Uzbekistan Decision 4 2:00
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -57 kg.
2011-09-24 Win Belarus Ekatarina Vandaryeva I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2011, Semi-finals -57 kg Tashkent, Uzbekistan Decision 4 2:00
2011-09-23 Win Ukraine Diana Jakovleva I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2011, Quarter Finals -57 kg Tashkent, Uzbekistan Decision 4 2:00
2008-09-? Loss Kyrgyzstan Valentina Shevchenko I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2008, Finals -57 kg Busan, South Korea Decision 3 3:00
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Silver Medal -57 kg.
2007-11-29 Loss Kyrgyzstan Valentina Shevchenko I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2007, Quarter Finals -57 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 4 2:00
2006-05-31 Loss Kyrgyzstan Valentina Shevchenko I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2006, Quarter Finals -57 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by 2nd UFC Women's Strawweight Champion
March 14, 2015 – November 4, 2017
Succeeded by