UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her belt against Rose Namajunas this Saturday night at UFC 217.
Earlier this week, she appeared on “UFC Tonight” to discuss her fight and more.
Jedrzejczyk on being back defending her title at MSG: “It feels so amazing, it feels great to be here. It’s my city. I think next year I’ll fight in Dallas in May and then again in New York again in November.”
Jedrzejczyk on potentially breaking the most title defenses for a woman this weekend: “I will break the record. It means a lot. I care about Saturday. Rose is my challenge. More than that, I want to stay undefeated and retire undefeated. It’s more important than this record.”
Jedrzejczyk on attacking Namajunas for her family’s mental illness: “I didn’t know about her father. I wasn’t talking about her mental illness. I was talking about her mental game. Before fights, she says she doesn’t want to fight. She didn’t want to do media. I’m enjoying this. This is part of my job. We must deal with it. She wants to be a champion, but she doesn’t want to do the work outside of the Octagon. I would never talk about someone with mental illness. It was wrong. But what I said was she doesn’t have a chance in this fight. I know Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre are the main fight, but Joanna is taking over the Garden on Saturday night.”
Jedrzejczyk on what drives her: “There’s no easy fights. I was a challenger one day. I know what it means. I stay humble, I work hard and I’m as hungry now as I was 2 ½ years ago.”