Joanna Jedrzejczyk shocked at UFC 223 loss to Namajunas, tells other strawweights: ‘Bow down’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Joanna Jedrzejczyk was defiant about a second loss to UFC women’s strawweight champ Rose Namajunas and believes she’s peerless in her division.

Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) cited fight stats that had her outlanding Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) as proof she deserved to win the rematch, declaring “numbers don’t lie.” Namajunas won with three 49-46 scores.

“That’s the answer,” she told reporters after her loss in the UFC 223 pay-per-view co-headliner on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. “We thought the second round was super close, but man, more kicks from me.

“(Namajunas) gassed out from the third round, and I could fight 10 more rounds. At the end of every break, I was on my feet, ready to go.”

“The significant strikes are telling the truth,” she later added.

Despite a brave face, Jedrzejczyk fought back emotion as she came to grips with her loss.

“I felt I was winning the fight,” she said, wiping away tears. “And here, I’m not complaining that I lost. I’m a really different fighter. I have done so much for myself and the sport. I feel great.”

Given her second setback to the champ, Jedrzejczyk naturally faced questions about her immediate career plans.

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