Some pretty disturbing footage of the former women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk undergoing a particularly harrowing weight-cut has been released and makes for an admittedly tough watch.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk could retire from the sport of mixed martial arts tomorrow and still be regarded as one of the most important and highly-skilled female fighters to ever lace up gloves.
As the long-time champ to the 115lb division, she achieved success against the very best of the best during her tenure holding the belt but alas, like so many before her, it was a young and hungry up-and-comer who ended her reign and in her case, it was among the most shocking upsets in recent memory.
Rose Namajunas proved herself to be the thorn that burst Joanna’s bubble at UFC 217 in a victory that established her a bonafide star in her own right. Joanna, of course, comes from a background in muay-thai and in a stand-up pairing with ‘Thug’ Rose, would have been expected to impose her will – on paper, at least.
Things didn’t exactly pan out that way for the Polish superstar and against all of the odds, she succumbed to a picture-perfect KO loss in the first-round. losing her belt in what was an incredible sight for those present in Madison Square Garden that night.
Joanna was quick to cite issues with her weight-cutting as a crucial factor in her loss, and though many were quick to point at this as a form of excuse-making, a recently unearthed video from the buildup to her 2015 title-defense against Jessica Penne seems to support her claim of having a bad track-record.
What’s crazy about this, if the uploader is to be believed, is that the UFC’s PR team actually fought to have the video removed from the web when it was originally uploaded and after viewing its contents, it’s not hard to see why. The practice of weight-cutting has been a controversial topic for some time now and this example of its effects may well be the most difficult to watch to date.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena