Karolina Kowalkiewicz Wishes Joanna Jedrzejczyk Well In Retirement: ‘You Will Always Be Number 1’

    ByRoss Markey

    Jun 13, 2022
    Joanna Jedrzejczyk

    One-time UFC strawweight championship challenger, Karolina Kowalkiewicz has wished her Polish compatriot, former titleholder, Joanna Jedrzejczyk the best of luck in her retirement from professional mixed martial arts – insisting that the former strawweight queen will always remain the number one.

    Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the second undisputed strawweight champion in the history of the UFC, called time on her 21-fight, 10-year professional career following UFC 275 on Saturday in Singapore – dropping a spectacular second round spinning back fist knockout defeat against fellow former champion, Zhang Weili.

    “Guys, I love life so much,” Joanna Jedrzejczyk said during post-fight interview with Cormier. “I will join DC’s (Daniel Cormier) league. I’m retired, guys. I love you so much. Thank you for the support.”

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    “Dana (White), so sorry I let you down, man,” Joanna Jedrzejczyk said. “Lorenzo (Fertitta), when you were still here. Hunter (Campbell), matchmakers. But I want to give big credit, big thanks to all UFC employees. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. I love you guys. Every single person.”

    Joanna Jedrzejczyk fought Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205 in November 2016

    Sharing the Octagon with her Lodz compatriot, Kowalkiewicz as the first of a championship tripleheader back in November 2016 at UFC 205, Jedrzejczyk handed former KSW flyweight champion, Kowalkiewicz her first professional loss over the course of five rounds at Madison Square Garden.

    Returning to the winner’s enclosure following a five fight skid last weekend at UFC Vegas 56, Kowalkiewicz handed two-time foe, Felice Herrig a first round rear-naked choke loss, however, insisted that if she had suffered defeat in the pair’s rematch, she would hang up her own gloves.

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    Wishing Jedrzejczyk well in her retirement from the sport, Kowalkiewicz labelled the Olsztyn native an inspiration. 

    “I’ve been number 2 pretty much my entire sports career,” Karolina Kowalkiewicz posted on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of her with Jedrzejczyk. “I don’t mind it, on the contrary, I’m proud of it because it’s you @joannajedrzejczyk you were and will always be number 1 for me! You are a legend, you wrote beautiful and inspiring stories.”

    “You are not only a great athlete who did even the impossible, but also a wonderful person. When our relationship wasn’t the best I needed help… I called you and even though you didn’t have to help me, I could count on you. You are great not only in the Octagon but also in life. Now use it a handful I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart. You were, are and will be a great inspiration… #inspiration #jj #polishpower.”