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Joanna Jędrzejczyk Has A Defiant Message For Anyone Comparing Her To Ronda Rousey Following First Loss

UFC 217 will go down in the history books as one of the greatest nights of all-time in MMA. 

In an unbelievable turn of events, all three title fights at the top of the card saw the champion dethroned via stoppage.

Perhaps the most surprising was the loss of Joanna Jędrzejczyk to Rose Namajunas. While the co-main and main event matchups were too close to call going into Saturday night, the women’s straweight championship bout saw the Polish title holder as a clear favourite.

Joanna had been one of the most dominant champions in the UFC up until last night. She was on course to equal a record set by Ronda Rousey for most consecutive title defences by a woman in the promotion (six) with a win last night. Namajunas had other plans, sensationally stopping Jędrzejczyk with a stunning knockout in the very first round.

Joanna had been very vocal in the build up to the fight and her trash talk in the direction of her opponent was relentless. In suffering her first loss there was no doubt a satisfaction amongst certain sections of MMA fans who couldn’t wait to see her be fed some humble pie, much akin to the outspoken and borderline disrespectful Rousey as she endured her fall from grace.

However similar the pair of legendary fighters were in the build up to their shock first defeats, Joanna was quick to distance herself from the formerly great Rousey. Ronda was knocked out by Holly Holm back in 2015 in a turn of events which nobody saw coming and took a year off before returning to action for UFC 207 and partaking in no pre-fight media activities appearing like a spoilt child, it is fair to say, and ultimately getting knocked out again before all but retiring from the sport and going into hiding ever since.

In a complete opposite style of reaction to her first loss, the ex-115 lbs champ fronted up and took her loss in fine spirit, showing true sportsmanship and vowing to be back as soon as possible.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Joanna Jedrzejczyk reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Top journalist Ariel Helwani documented the Pole’s admirable reaction to her loss at the post-fight press conference in Madison Square Garden.

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