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Loving Joanna Jedrzejczyk reveals a time of great pride in her career after retiring from UFC 275

Joanna Jedrzejczyk did not enter the UFC 275 with a retirement plan, but after being defeated by Zhang Weili for the second time, her mind was made up.

After 21 fights in MMA and a bout that began almost 20 years with kickboxing and muay Thai, the 35-year-old former UFC strawweight champion decided it was time to hang up his gloves and call it quits.

“It was the only time,” Jedrzejczyk said of his decision to withdraw from the post-UFC 275 press conference after the war. “Honestly, I had it in my head if there was one day, maybe a year ago, if something happened I could retire because I’ve been doing this business for the past 19 years. A lot of money from me. It’s time for me to fully enjoy my life.

“Honestly, I did not have time to think about my heritage and its size, and I am hardworking. I always give of myself. I give as much as I can and get as much as I can but now is the time to enjoy it. 17, I lived in Thailand, Holland, and Thailand [United] States, more than six years after I moved to the States, I have been on the road. I have been doing this for the rest of my life so it is time for me to be very happy. ”

Jedrzejczyk paid tribute to Zhang for his outstanding work as he described his experience at the end of the war.

“I feel good,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Bells are still ringing in my head, but not bad. A few bruises. I was hit in the back of the head, and I have a big wound, but all is well. Just as I approached the bed, I heard bells ringing in my head. I did not know what happened then.

“I knew I was a KOd, and I felt like it was all over, don’t rush because you fell. It’s fine. In the middle of the road before I hit the octagon, I was like a drunk already. He treated me well.”

Although his war will end, Jedrzejczyk still holds the record for being the tallest strawweight champion in UFC history and has made a name for himself in the sport that goes on to every title.

Despite winning all of his history, Jedrzejczyk pointed to another victory in the game.

“The moment I broke down and that moment, I felt I had nothing to do – I had to quit,” Jedrzejczyk said. “There was no money, no choices, nothing is possible but the limits are in our heads. I made the decision to be the best and I did this and I am proud. When I talk about my old dreams, I am very proud that I succeeded. Don’t despair guys.

“At times, I was extremely mad and rude, and I thought that there was no point in doing so. There is always a way but we have to make the first step. That is the most important thing. We must continue to walk. We can slow down but we cannot stop. We must continue to walk in our lives and enjoy the rollercoaster. ”

The excitement at the time overwhelmed Jedrzejczyk as he talked about his future since the fight was over.

As he plans to retire without another training camp nearby, Jedrzjeczyk has promised to stay in the game and plans to stay in the UFC.

“I have always said that I am a UFC soldier,” Jedrzejczyk said as he struggled to hold back the tears. “I just received a message from [UFC Chief Business Officer] Mlenje [Campbell], I love you guys. I want to go on vacation. I plan to go to International Fight Week with London and Paris and stay.

“In the future, I want to be the best manager I can be, learning from my best manager Jennifer Goldstein, CAA wrestler Dan Lambert, owners [American Top Team]. I want to be close. I just want to be close.

It was impossible for Jedrzejczyk to describe his entire career shortly after his retirement but he is confident of what he has left without mentioning a long list of compliments on his resume.

He is also planning to take a long break after losing his mind, body and soul to remain one of the best fighters in the sport for many years.

“I always want to be remembered as one of the greatest and I will always be,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m a girl who’s dressed up. JJ from the hood. I did great things. I need to sit down and reflect on what I have achieved.

“I bought a fine home about two years ago. Do you know how many times I was present? Nothing. Like maybe I slept there two nights. Now I have a wonderful time. I go there, stay for a while, and sit down and enjoy it. ”

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