Joanna Jedrzejczyk still considers herself the strawweight queen.
The Polish powerhouse tore through the UFC’s women’s strawweight division and successfully defended the belt on five occasions – that is, until she dropped the title and suffered the first two losses of her professional career at the hands of Rose Namajunas.
Jedrzejczyk rebounded from her first losing streak Saturday in Calgary, Alberta, defeating Tecia Torres by unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 30.
It leaves the former champion in something of a quandary. She’s cleaned out the division, aside from Namajunas, and there’s no obvious next opponent for her. But she isn’t considering changing divisions.
“I will stay in this weight class because I know this belt belongs to me,” Jedrzejczyk said in the.
“Maybe I don’t have this belt physically but people, they’re calling me a champion because they know who is Joanna Jedrzejczyk and that’s the point.”
Jedrzejczyk may have cemented her place as the women’s strawweight division’s No. 1 contender, but Namajunas has said she won’t agree to a third fight until Jedrzejczyk admits she’s the best strawweight.
“I will not do this,” Jedrzejczyk said, cutting off the reporter’s question. “Never ever. She wants my honor? She must earn that.
“If she’s going to run, they’re going to make an interim belt,” she added, suggesting Namajunas fight No. 2-ranked fighter Jessica Andrade.
“If not, I will chase you. If you’re going to hold the belt, I will chase you until your next fight.”
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