Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s Soul Was ‘Bleeding’ After Weili Zhang Loss, No Plans To Retire

JedrzejczykThe after effects of Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s war with Weili Zhang were hard to take for the former champion. The pair battled for 25 minutes in a classic at UFC 248 last month with many regarding it as the greatest fight in women’s mixed martial arts history. Unfortunately for Jedrzejczyk, she didn’t come out on top […]

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The after effects of Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s war with Weili Zhang were hard to take for the former champion.

The pair battled for 25 minutes in a classic at UFC 248 last month with many regarding it as the greatest fight in women’s mixed martial arts history. Unfortunately for Jedrzejczyk, she didn’t come out on top as she lost a narrow split decision to the champion.

To make matters worse, she suffered a huge hematoma on her forehead that continued to swell as the fight went on. It became classic meme material and although she did laugh at some of them afterward, the pain she was in after the fight was a different story.

“They did a small medical procedure on my ear, I had a CAT scan,” Jedrzejczyk said in an interview with SCMP. “I had an ultrasound, I had an X-ray, and honestly, after a fight like this, I felt like every touch from the doctors and nurses, everything was so painful.

“I didn’t want anybody to touch my body, and I felt like my heart was bleeding, like my soul was bleeding.”

Jedrzejczyk has already spoken in the past of the damage she took in the fight. And while she does question how long she wants to remain in the sport, she has no plans to retire as of yet.

“That’s a question I ask myself every day,” she added of retirement. “I’m not getting any younger. I’m only getting older. I took lots of damage in my last fight and I’m really grateful that nothing serious happened to me. It was only bruises. Every next fight is going to be a big risk, and I want to be a mother in the future.

“… If I put on a hell of a performance, a hell of a war, why retire? If I was not training hard, if I was getting knocked out, if I was losing fights like a p****, then I could retire – but I’m a warrior.”

What do you make of Jedrzejczyk’s comments?

John McCarthy Talks Judges’ Scoring Criteria, Adesanya vs. Romero First Round

McCarthyJudging in mixed martial arts has been a huge topic this year as former referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy gave his thoughts on the matter. UFC 247 last month was a prime example of controversial and poor judging while the UFC 248 headliner between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero earlier this month also stirred up plenty […]

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Judging in mixed martial arts has been a huge topic this year as former referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy gave his thoughts on the matter.

UFC 247 last month was a prime example of controversial and poor judging while the UFC 248 headliner between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero earlier this month also stirred up plenty of debate when it came to scoring fights.

Although McCarthy acknowledges judging is not easy, especially when the crowd can so easily influence them, the now-Bellator commentator explained how effectiveness should be the main criterion when it comes to scoring a fight.

“The biggest thing we have to have is the judges understanding the criteria that is given to them and how to use it and then understanding in a fight what is effective,” McCarthy told MMA Junkie Radio. “It’s not what is flashy. It’s not the guy that’s moving forward. It is what is the most effective element in that round. Who’s the guy that created the most dangerous situations for their opponent?

“It doesn’t matter if he’s chasing him down. It matters if he is doing the most effective damage during that round. That’s what the judges are looking for.”

McCarthy then brought up the example of Adesanya vs. Romero which saw “The Last Stylebender” come out on top via unanimous decision.

The first round of that middleweight title fight notably saw minimal action with Adesanya advancing more and attempting more strikes. However, Romero landed a huge right hand that ultimately won him the first round on all three judges’ scorecards.

Although McCarthy personally would have scored that round a 10-10, he can see why the judges gave it to Romero:

“Personally, I knew at the end of that (first) round, I knew that every judge, my son was one of those judges, I knew everyone was going to go with Yoel Romero because he landed the one big right hand,” McCarthy said. “You saw Israel rubbing his left eye, blinking his left eye because a knuckle caught him or something, but it showed that that punch had an effect. That’s what I’m talking about: Who affected the other the most?

“I wanted to give it a 10-10 because neither, in my opinion, neither guy deserved to win that round. You didn’t do enough to win that round. You didn’t do enough for me to say you actually get an advantage over your opponent now, having one point higher on the scorecard, but I knew when the round was over, they’re all going to give it to Yoel, and I probably would have to because that’s what the criteria tells me.”

What do you make of McCarthy’s comments? And did you score the first round to Romero as well?

Jon Jones Praises Yoel Romero For Performance Against Israel Adesanya

Jones RomeroJon Jones gave his thoughts on the Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero fight at UFC 248 earlier this month. Adesanya defeated Romero via unanimous decision in what was a drab middleweight title fight with both fighters receiving criticism for their lack of activity. Although many felt Adesanya did enough to earn the win, some observers […]

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Jon Jones gave his thoughts on the Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero fight at UFC 248 earlier this month.

Adesanya defeated Romero via unanimous decision in what was a drab middleweight title fight with both fighters receiving criticism for their lack of activity. Although many felt Adesanya did enough to earn the win, some observers felt Romero also had a case for winning the contest.

Jones was undoubtedly keeping a close eye on the bout, not only because of his rivalry with Adesanya, but also because he is friends with Romero with the pair being managed by the same company.

And he seems to believe Adesanya did enough as well. However, his praise went to Romero considering how the fight went:

“Yoel is almost 10 years older than me and almost won that fight without using his wrestling. That’s all I’ll say,” Jones tweeted Wednesday.

Jones also sent a message to Romero a few days earlier:

“Bro you are a few years into stand up fighting and you stood with him for 25 minutes straight. I thought you represented yourself and your team very well. Would’ve loved to seen you be more versatile, using your wrestling and grappling, that would’ve made the difference. You fought him where he was best that [at] and was so close. Proud of you.”

It should be interesting to see if Adesanya decides to respond to Jones.

What do you make of Jones’ thoughts on the fight?

Jared Cannonier Isn’t As Harsh On Adesanya vs. Romero As Others

Don’t expect Jared Cannonier to bash the Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero title fight. At UFC 248, Adesanya put his UFC middleweight championship on the line against Romero. The title bout was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. I…

Don’t expect Jared Cannonier to bash the Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero title fight. At UFC 248, Adesanya put his UFC middleweight championship on the line against Romero. The title bout was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a largely uneventful bout that went to the judges after five rounds. […]

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Jared Cannonier Feels He’s The ‘Better Fighter’ After Watching Adesanya vs. Romero

CannonierMiddleweight contender Jared Cannonier feels he’s a better fighter than both Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero. Adesanya successfully defended his middleweight title against Romero after an underwhelming five-round affair with little action in the UFC 248 headliner. While most complained about the nature of the fight, Cannonier took a lot away from the 25-minute encounter: […]

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Middleweight contender Jared Cannonier feels he’s a better fighter than both Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero.

Adesanya successfully defended his middleweight title against Romero after an underwhelming five-round affair with little action in the UFC 248 headliner. While most complained about the nature of the fight, Cannonier took a lot away from the 25-minute encounter:

“I’m potentially one of the guys’ opponents, so I’m watching with more of a keen eye,” Cannonier told Submission Radio. “But everyone else was upset, felt disappointed, but me being a martial artist, I understand that this kind of thing can happen. And again, I was just downloading every bit, all five rounds, I was just downloading every bit right there, and I feel like I’m a better fighter after watching those two fight.

“… Izzy did enough to retain his title, so congratulations to him. Yoel did what I thought he was gonna do, you know, sit back and wait for that big moment. And to be honest with you, he did explode. He exploded at the perfect time. When he exploded, Izzy had nothing for him. He couldn’t do nothing but get the hell out of there, you know what I’m saying, get the f*ck away. He wasn’t even trying to counter or anything. Most guys, he’s trying to counter. He’ll counter you while his opponents on the end, he’s trying to counter, and after he moves out he’s trying to counter. He wasn’t doing none of that when Yoel was exploding, doing his thing. You can say they respected each other too much or they employed a little too much caution. To the fans detriment, but not to mine.”

With Paulo Costa challenging for the middleweight title next, Cannonier — who is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle — could be next in line with one more win. He doesn’t care who the opponent is as long as he is guaranteed a title shot.

That includes facing Romero.

“I’ll fight any of them that will get me a title shot, right? It doesn’t matter who it is,” Cannonier added. “Everybody’s saying nobody’s calling out Yoel. I say, anybody ahead of me who gives me a title shot. Anybody. It includes Yoel. It includes anybody ahead of me that gets me a title shot, or anybody behind me that gets me a title shot.

“One fight, then a title shot. Because I’m beating anybody you put in front of me.”

What do you make of Cannonier’s comments?

UFC 248 ‘Thrill and the Agony:’ Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk Aftermath

UFC 248 had a disappointing main event but the co-headliner was a completely different story. The event was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday night (March 7). Headlining the card was a middleweight title clash betwe…

UFC 248 had a disappointing main event but the co-headliner was a completely different story. The event was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday night (March 7). Headlining the card was a middleweight title clash between champion Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero. In an uneventful five-round affair, Adesanya successfully […]

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