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Joanna Jedrzejczyk creates her own UFC 213 moment by trying to replace ailing Amanda Nunes

Ultimately, UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0-0) tried and failed to replace the hospitalized bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes on short notice.

One could say – in a matter of speaking – the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) could not process such a bold move in a short time.

Jedrzejczyk has faced Valentina Shevchenko before and lost three times in Muay Thai competition. She is on record as crediting those losses with helping her expand her game and mindset to the next level.

Not surprisingly, the social media reaction to Jedrzejczyk’s efforts have been largely positive.

Sure, there are other fighters who would step up. Anderson Silva and Donald Cerrone immediately come to mind. Chuck Liddell. Tonya Evinger. But a current champion? Moving up a weight above to face an opponent they lost three times to?

That’s a superhero-level gut-check.

And so after years of respect for her skills, Joanna Champion is finally getting some love for her intrepidity personality.

Jedrzejczyk seized her own UFC 213 moment – and gave it a big Muay Thai strike to the gills.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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