Valentina Shevchenko knows a little something about Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Jedrzejczyk is in a different position, and she’s not enjoying the idea of not having the 115-belt around her waist.
She was finished by Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 on Saturday, November 4th in New York at Madison Square Garden.
The finish of the bout saw Jedrzejczyk being swarmed by a barrage of strikes at 3:03 of the first round. As a result of this loss, she lost her title.
Jedrzejczyk believes she is deserving of a rematch with the newly crowned champion due to her accomplishments in the sport.
She also pointed out that UFC President Dana White hugged her and offered some words of encouragement after the fight.
Jedrzejczyk was also criticized for her pre-fight behavior because some people thought that she was arrogant. Joanna is not changing her ways as she actually promises more of it.
Shevchenko was confident from the jump that Namajunas would take the title from Jedrzejczyk.
“I knew from the first seconds when I heard that they will fight, I knew that Rose will win,” Shevchenko said recently on The MMA Hour.
“Because I’ve tried the power of Rose and I’ve tried the power of Joanna and I know exactly what powers both girls have. I knew and everybody was asking me before they fight, ‘Who do you think will win?’
Every time, I was saying it will be Rose. They didn’t believe me. But after the fight, it’s no doubt.”
“Rose, she is not only striker, she is not only grappler,” Shevchenko said. “She is MMA fighter.
And what’s important is she’s a complete fighter, because she can grapple as good as wrestle, [as good] as [her] boxing and Muay Thai, whatever.”
“Rose will do her thing, she will be focused only on her fight and just to show the skills,” Shevchenko said.
“This is what we saw. I'm very happy for Rose, because she deserves it. I know exactly she will be very good champion at 115 and I think for a long time.”
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