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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Discusses Her Title Victory Over Jessica Andrade at UFC 211

May 14, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

Speaking at the post-fight press conference for UFC 211 (h/t MMAjunkie), UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk discussed her co-main event title victory over Jessica Andrade. Jedrzejczyk won a unanimous decision over Andrade. During the press conference, Jedrzejczyk ultimately walked out of the presser after she was asked by reporter Ariel Helwani about her wrestling coach Kami Barzini leaving American Top Team, where she trains out of. Regarding Barzini, she said, “He’s amazing. I don’t know. I don’t want to talk about it. We didn’t want to talk about it.” Jedrzejczyk looked to be quite emotional over the issue, and then walked out of the press conference. Below are some highlights of the presser.

Joanna Champion on her performance: “Yes, I think (it was my best fight). Even if I’m getting older, I feel this fire. And I want to learn. Since I moved to American Top Team, I feel I’m the bird who escaped from the cage, if you know this meaning. So that’s the thing. I’m very hard on myself every day, and you can ask my coaches. I’m not happy even after a good training session because I know I can do better. There’s always something to change and do better. So that’s why I’m going to keep on defending this belt. I feel like I stepped on a different level and I’m looking forward – I’m going on vacation for a few days, flying back to Poland to spend some time with my family, but I cannot wait to get back to ATT and put on work again with my team, because it’s amazing.”

Her thoughts on her opponent: “Some of the fighters have big mouths before the fights, and they think they know the best way to beat the champion or beat the opponent. But the thing is, every camp I’m focused on what I can do better. And I’m always trying to change something and don’t let them beat me. That’s the thing. This is what I did in this camp.”

On moving to ATT to train: “That’s why I moved to the U.S., that’s why I moved to ATT – because I want to build my brand in the U.S. MMA in Poland is very big, but there are other organizations. The UFC is going to be for the second time in Poland this year. People know a lot about my MMA, but I feel like I’m an international champion. The UFC is simply the best organization in the world, and most of the shows are here in the United States. I feel like I need to be here (to) build my brand. I just signed with new management, I met a few agents and I want to put on more outside the gym, outside the octagon. But the most important thing is to work hard and to keep defending the belt.”

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