— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) July 8, 2017
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.
— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) July 8, 2017
Not surprisingly, the social media reaction to Jedrzejczyk’s efforts have been largely positive.
I'm getting teary eyed thinking about how lucky we are to have Joanna around.
— Jesse Levine (@HEELevine) July 8, 2017
I always felt like she was under appreciated to an extent- sure as hell won't be now.
— Jamie Fretz (@JameFretz) July 8, 2017
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.