Joanna Jedrzejczyk does a lot of things well. Handling a loss is, apparently, not one of them.
We all remember how, after she suffered a first-round TKO loss to UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas in their first meeting at UFC 217, she spent weeks afterward blaming the loss on a bad weight cut and on the doctor who “failed” her before that bout.
Then they rematched at UFC 223, had themselves an awesome five-round war, and Namajunas walked away the victor again with scores of 49-46 from all three judges.
Jedrzejczyk wasn’t thrilled about the scoring right after the loss, and as time goes by she seems to be getting more and more upset with it, to the point where she might even be making up her own version of the recent past to make it all more palatable.
In interviews with local media in her home country of Poland (courtesy of BloodyElbow.com), Jedrzejczyk continued to blame the loss on the judges, and she’d even have us believe that this is the consensus viewpoint.
“Even Rose’s coach said after the verdict that I won that fight,” Jedrzejczyk said. “ … Numbers don’t lie. Commission in New York is very young. They are still learning how to score fights. Dana White was also a little bit disgusted by the scoring.”
Here we have a statement that appears to mix fact and fiction. Did Namajunas’ coach (assuming she’s referring to Trevor Wittman) say that he thought Jedrzejczyk deserved to win? If he did, we sure missed it. Also, that would be a really weird thing for him to say after his protege successfully defended her title in one of the best women’s fights we’ve seen in the UFC.
Also, did UFC President Dana White say he was “disgusted” by the scoring here? Not publicly. In fact, he said he thought the bout was even heading into the final round, which Namajunas pretty clearly won.
However, it is true that Jedrzejczyk led the stats in the striking department, landing 145 significant strikes to Namajunas’ 105, according to FightMetric.com.
And while it’s true that the New York commission is new to regulating MMA, the judges who scored that bout – Glenn Trowbridge, Dave Tirelli, and Chris Lee – certainly aren’t. Between the three of them, they’ve judged more than 700 MMA bouts, according to MMADecisions.com.
Obviously, that experience is no guarantee of competence (Adalaide Byrd has judged 172 bouts), but come on. Is Jedrzejczyk really going to go around acting like the entire MMA world decried this result as a robbery? Because that didn’t happen.
If it’s true that we learn a lot about fighters by how they deal with defeat, Jedrzejczyk continues to make a pretty poor case for herself.
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