Joanna Jedrzejczyk has found a way to zone in on what is most important this evening: Claudia Gadelha.
Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight title in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale tonight on FOX Sports 1.
After a lengthy, drawn-out process of coaching TUF opposite Gadelha, Jedrzejczyk finds herself only needing to worry about the fight game now.
“It was probably one of the longest camps in my life,” she said, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I’m prepared for it. You’re going to see a good fight. I have a lot of respect for her. But I’m the champ. I fought 11 rounds, she just had one fight, three rounds, since our last fight.
“The most important exam is the fight for us fighters. I did my homework. I’m ready. I’m getting more confident and calm before the fight. I’m just focused on the fight.”
Jedrzejczyk won the first encounter, scoring a split decision victory on her way to competing for – and winning – the UFC title.
“I said what I said and did what I dd. We don’t like each other,” she said. “I hope after my victory we’re going to shake hands. I must fight for my dreams and goals. She’s a very good fighter but she’s not going to take away my belt.”