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Joanna Jedrzejczyk clarifies why she isn’t headlining UFC 230

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UFC 230 is exactly a month away and it was announced last night that the card will be headlined by Sijara Eubanks and Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant UFC flyweight title. Initially, Valentina Shevchenko was scheduled for a  bout with Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231, but they moved the fight to UFC 230 instead.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk was stunned to hear the news that she was no longer facing Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 231 and she said that she found out about the new fight being made thanks to reporters who told her what happened and she was definitely not happy with the UFC’s decision.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk clarifies why she isn't headlining UFC 230 - Jedrzejczyk
Joanna Jedrzejczyk clarifies why she isn’t headlining UFC 230

She lashed out about the situation in a lengthy post on social media (via Instagram):

Me pulling out of fight? Never! Here is the truth. Yesterday I was informed that my fight had been cancelled. Unfortunately, I received this news from journalists, I was very shocked. I feel angry and sad. The already signed contract on the 8th of December was ignored. They were trying to persuade me into taking the fight in November, at the same time depriving me of a chance to properly prepare for the fight during the camp. Valentina is a challenging opponents, and my goal was (and actually still is) to prepare for this fight as best I can, and to eventually become the UFC flyweight champion. I treat every opponent and fight serious and with respect. I could fight in NY if I was interested only in money. Due to respect for other fighters and myself, I rejected the offer made by the UFC to change the date of the fight, as my main goal is to be at my best form during the fight, and in order to do that, I have to do my job from start to finish.

For 15 years I’ve been focused only on development, sportsmanship at the highest level and achieving my dreams. Of course, martial arts are my job, but most of all, they are my passion, hobby, and they fill my life and run in my blood. As a professional and a person who treats her life and work obligations serious, I feel truly resentful about the breach of the fight agreement. My feelings are even more intensified when I think of the obligations I had to resign from, as they would have happened in the time of my camp. I always plan everything long before a fight announcement. Once I sign the contract, there is nothing more important than fight preparations.

I always try to put myself in somebody else’s situation, be it a life or business one. Thus, I understand the quick decision made by the UFC key people to save the event in NYC. Everything happens for a reason. Sooner or later i’ll become the champ in two weight classes.”

However, even though she is not fighting Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight title, she made it clear that she plans on winning titles at two weight classes and will be back soon.

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