Polish mixed martial artist
Top 7 Joanna Jędrzejczyk related articles
- 1 Muay Thai and kickboxing
- 2 Mixed martial arts
- 3 Fighting style and coaches
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Controversy
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 Kickboxing record (incomplete)
- 8 Mixed martial arts record
- 9 Pay-per-view bouts
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
August 18, 1987
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)|
|Division||Super Bantamweight (kickboxing)|
Strawweight (MMA) (2014–2018, 2019–present)
Flyweight (MMA) (2012–2014, 2018–present)
|Reach||65 1⁄2 in (166 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Kickboxing|
|Fighting out of||Olsztyn, Poland|
|Team||American Top Team (2016–present)|
Berkut Arrachion Olsztyn (2012–2016)
Team Mr. Perfect (2008–2010)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Amateur Muay Thai record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: May 13, 2017
Joanna Jędrzejczyk (Polish: [jɔˈanna jɛndˈʐɛjtʂɨk] (
Muay Thai and kickboxing
Jędrzejczyk discovered Muay Thai when she was 16, while taking up fitness, which eventually led her to compete in national and European tournaments. 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. Her professional record is 27–3.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk Muay Thai and kickboxing articles: 4
Mixed martial arts
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. On December 8, 2012, at MFC 5 she defeated Lily Kazak by submission via rear naked choke. On June 20, 2013, at Battle of Moscow 12 she defeated the then #1 Russian WMMA flyweight fighter Julia Berezikova via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Jędrzejczyk officially signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in July 2014. 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.
Jędrzejczyk next faced undefeated strawweight top contender Cláudia Gadelha on December 13, 2014, at UFC on Fox 13. 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.
Jędrzejczyk faced Carla Esparza for the UFC Strawweight Championship on March 14, 2015, at UFC 185. 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. Subsequently, Jędrzejczyk won a Performance of the Night bonus.
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. Jędrzejczyk later underwent surgery to repair a fractured thumb incurred during the fight.
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. The 220 significant strikes landed by Jędrzejczyk were the most ever in a championship fight. 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.
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 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. She won the fight via unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.
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.
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. 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).
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.
Return to Flyweight
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. Due to UFC 230 being in need of a main event, Shevchenko was booked against Sijara Eubanks. 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. Jędrzejczyk lost the fight via a unanimous decision.
Return to Strawweight
Jędrzejczyk faced Michelle Waterson on October 12, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 19. 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. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Jędrzejczyk faced Zhang Weili for UFC Strawweight on March 7, 2020, at UFC 248. She lost the fight via split decision. This fight earned her the Fight of the Night award, and was considered by many pundits as the greatest fight in women's MMA history. Both fighters were later handed a two-month medical suspension which expires on May 5, with a non-contact sparring clause until April 22.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk Mixed martial arts articles: 48
Fighting style and coaches
A decorated kickboxer, Jędrzejczyk is known for precise and calculated striking. She employs a sprawl-and-brawl strategy in MMA fighting. While standing with opponents, she constantly varies between high punches and body shots, also utilizing knees, elbows, and high front kicks. She also uses a flurry of strikes just to confuse the opponent before landing a solid strike, much akin to Chuck Liddell. 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."
Jędrzejczyk is soft-spoken and has a calm and endearing personality with fans. However, she often employs the use of trash-talk against her opponents before fights, and her fights have been known to be violent and bloody. 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." MMA media have called Jędrzejczyk "must-see TV".
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". 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." 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". Foxsports.com striking analyst Jason Parillo has stated that "Joanna's MMA boxing is remarkable. It's second to none".
Joanna Jędrzejczyk Fighting style and coaches articles: 11
Joanna Jędrzejczyk was born in Olsztyn, Poland. She has a twin sister, Katarzyna, and one older sister, Ewa. Jędrzejczyk is a Catholic and prays with a rosary before entering the ring or Octagon.
She was the fiancée of former Polish football player Przemysław Buta. 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.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk Personal life articles: 4
On January 28, 2020, Joanna Jędrzejczyk posted an image of her upcoming fight against Chinese martial artist Weili Zhang on her Instagram. In the post, Jędrzejczyk was wearing a gas mask which was widely considered to be insinuating a then-outbreak of a coronavirus in China. The gas mask and the three emojis: "See-No-Evil Monkey". "Happy and Crying Face" and "Smile With Hearts" in the same post caused wide criticism due to the insult to her opponent and disrespect to the people that were suffering from illness. She later released a public apology.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk Controversy articles: 3
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Women's Strawweight Championship (one time)
- Five successful title defenses
- Most title fights in UFC women's divisions (10)
- First Polish-born champion in UFC history
- Performance of the Night (one time) vs. Carla Esparza
- Fight of the Night (three times) vs. Jessica Penne, Cláudia Gadelha and Zhang Weili
- Most wins in UFC women's strawweight history (10)
- Highest significant strike differential in UFC championship history (+142 vs. Jéssica Andrade)
- 2nd-highest significant strike differential in UFC championship history (+121 vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz)
- 3rd-highest significant strike differential in UFC championship history (+117 vs. Valérie Létourneau)
- 4th-highest significant strike differential in UFC championship history (+113 vs. Cláudia Gadelha)
- Highest significant strikes thrown in a UFC championship fight (+225 vs. Jéssica Andrade)
- 2nd-highest significant strikes thrown in a UFC championship fight (+220 vs. Valérie Létourneau)
- Most leg kicks in a fight in UFC history (+78 vs Michelle Waterson)
- 2nd-most leg kicks in a fight in UFC history (+75 vs Jéssica Andrade)
- First Polish UFC Champion
- First female European UFC Champion
- Third European UFC Champion
- 2020 Fight of the Year vs. Zhang Weili
- 2020 UFC President's Choice Fight of the Year vs. Zhang Weili
- UFC Women's Strawweight Championship (one time)
- Women's MMA Press Awards
- 2014 Strawweight of the Year
- Yahoo! Sports
- 2015 Best Fighter of the Half-Year
- Fight Matrix
- 2015 Female Fighter of the Year
- 2015 Lady Violence Award
- World MMA Awards
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- MMA Fighting
- The Athletic
- Bleacher Report
- Cageside Press
- BT Sport
- MMA Weekly
- Combat Press
- 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)
- IFMA World Championships
Gold -57 kg
Gold -57 kg
Gold -57 kg
Gold -57 kg
Gold -57 kg
Silver -57 kg
- IFMA European Championships
- IFMA European Champion (four times)
- World Muaythai Council
- WMC/EMF European Champion (one time)
Kickboxing record (incomplete)
27 Wins (6 (T)KO, 21 decisions), 3 Loss, 1 Draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||16 wins||4 losses|
|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||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||Strawweight debut; Lima missed weight (116.5 lb).|
|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|
|Amateur record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|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|
|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|
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|Awards and achievements|
| 2nd UFC Women's Strawweight Champion
March 14, 2015 – November 4, 2017