Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will represent her native country of Poland in the Olympic torch relay of the 2018 Olympic Games that will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The news was reported by Sportowefacty on Tuesday after Jedrzejczyk revealed it to “Even more sport” in the Radio Three.
“It’s a huge honor. The IOC decided that it was me, as a representative of mixed martial arts, who would take part in the relay race and run with the Olympic torch. MMA is far from being an Olympic discipline, so it is a great honor for me that I will be able to represent our country on such a huge international arena. That is why I am very happy about that.”
Olympic fire reached South Korea in November. The motto that accompanies the relay (visiting 17 cities) is “Let everyone shine.”
The games will take place on February 9-25 and athletes will compete in 102 competitions in 15 sports disciplines. The Russian national team was ruled out of the games due to an alleged doping scandal.
Jedrzejczyk joins fellow UFC fighter Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as a torch bearer after he carried the flame for his home country of Brazil back in 2016.