Joanna Jedrzejczyk didn’t stroll into UFC 275 with a prepare to retire, but after struggling a 2nd-spherical knockout loss to Zhang Weili, her head was created up.
Right after 21 fights in MMA and a battle athletics vocation that stretched again approximately 20 several years with kickboxing and muay Thai bouts, the 35-yr-aged former UFC strawweight winner felt it was time to hang up her gloves and call it a career.
“It was just the instant,” Jedrzejczyk said about her selection to retire during the UFC 275 put up-battle press meeting. “Of system, I had it in the back again of my head like maybe there was one particular working day, possibly a yr back, if anything happened I could possibly retire for the reason that I’ve been in this company for the final 19 years. Plenty of financial investment from myself. It’s time to entirely take pleasure in my lifetime.
“Honestly, I had no time to sit on it and think about my legacy and how significant it is, and I’m a really hard worker. I usually devote myself. I give as substantially as I can and I get as a great deal as I can the same way but now it’s time to thoroughly actually enjoy it. Shell out some time with my family members. I begun traveling when I was 17, I made use of to are living in Thailand, in Holland and in the [United] States, it is been much more than six several years from the time I moved to the States, I’ve been on the highway. I’ve been undertaking this most of my lifestyle so it’s time to really, entirely enjoy.”
Jedrzejczyk paid homage to Zhang on a work nicely accomplished as she recounted the moments just following the struggle-ending punch.
“I feel good,” Jedrzejczyk stated. “Bells are nevertheless ringing in my head, but not poor. A handful of bruises. I acquired hit in the back of the head, and I have acquired a large bruise, but all fantastic. I just noticed obtaining closer to the mat, and I felt bells ringing in my head. I did not know what happened that time.
“I understood I was KOd, and I was like it’s all over, don’t hurry due to the fact you’re likely to tumble. It is fantastic. In the center of the street just before I strike the octagon, I was like sober presently. She caught me great.”
Although her struggle occupation will close on a loss, Jedrzejczyk nonetheless maintains the file as the longest reigning strawweight champion in UFC historical past and she constructed a legacy in the activity that goes considerably beyond any title.
Even with all the wins on her file, Jedrzejczyk basically pointed to another accomplishment in the activity.
“The time when I was broke and that time, I felt I experienced no selections – I had to give up,” Jedrzejczyk described. “There was no dollars, no solutions, no choices but restrictions are only in our heads. I created a conclusion that I was likely to become a celebrity and I did that and I’m very pleased of myself. When I talk about my desires from the previous, I’m tremendous happy of myself that I produced it. Just really don’t give up, men.
“Sometimes I was in the super nuts and difficult placement, and I thought that there was not going to be any help but there was. There is constantly an solution but we need to make this very first phase. That is most crucial. We need to hold on moving. We can gradual down but we cannot prevent. We will need to keep on relocating in our life and totally delight in the rollercoaster.”
The emotion of the instant at some point overwhelmed Jedrzejczyk as she dealt with her long term now that preventing is finished.
As considerably as she strategies on eventually relaxing without having a different training camp on the horizon, Jedrzjeczyk promised she’ll however be all over the sport and options to stay a fixture in the UFC.
“I’ve been indicating that I’m the UFC soldier,” Jedrzejczyk explained as she fought again the tears. “I just got a message from [UFC Chief Business Officer] Hunter [Campbell], I like you men. I want to go on holiday. I’m setting up on heading to Worldwide Fight 7 days and London and Paris and be around.
“In the potential, I want to be the ideal manager I can be, discovering from the greatest my supervisor Jennifer Goldstein, CAA combat athletics, Dan Lambert, the operator of [American Top Team]. I want to be about. I just want to be all-around.”
It was practically extremely hard for Jedrzejczyk to definitely encapsulate her entire job just moments after retiring but she’s self-assured in the legacy she leaves driving not to mention the lengthy listing of accolades on her resume.
She’s also prepared for a pleasant, extended split following placing her head, human body and soul by the ringer to continue to be 1 of the top rated fighters in the activity for so quite a few yrs.
“I constantly want to be remembered as one particular of the finest and I will,” Jedrzejczyk reported. “I’m just the woman from the hood. J.J. from the hood. I did big factors. I have to sit and imagine about what I have achieved.
“I purchased a good condominium probably two yrs ago. Do you know how several occasions I was there? None. Like possibly I slept there two nights. Now I have time to totally enjoy it. I’ll go there, commit some time, sit on it and delight in it.”