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The UFC invaded Russia for the very first time over the past weekend. Former UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk was in Moscow for the event and spoke to media in a scrum.
The former UFC champ who has struggled to make the 115-pound limit at times said that she can agree with the organization’s decision to strip Nicco Montano of the title earlier this month after she failed to make weight for her UFC 228 bout with Valentina Shevchenko.
“I think it was fair. I paid the ultimate price but I was on weight November 2017 and I would do this the same because for me it’s a shame for us as fighters and champions to not be on weight. We need real and dedicated fighters and champions in the UFC. It’s simply the best organization in the world. Here is not a space and time for bullshit like this.
“It was very hard decision, very tough decision, and I believe that she’s not happy but you must take this job very serious and you must be 100 percent in. Weight cuts are not easy, are not nice, but it’s part of our job so we shouldn’t complain and just be on weight when you have to be.”
After Montano was stripped of the belt by UFC President Dana White, a promise was made to put Shevchenko in a bout later this year that would crown a new champion. No date or opponent has been named of yet, however, Jedrzejczyk is a choice that many MMA fans would not take issue with.
While Shevchenko does hold three wins over Jedrzejczyk in Muay Thai, they have never competed against one another in MMA.
“It was like 10 years ago!” Jedrzejczyk said. “We are different fighters. We’re not gonna meet in the ring, we’re gonna meet in the Octagon so that’s the point. It’s a different game. We’re different people now, we’re different athletes right now, we are different fighters. So there is nothing I should be concerned about.”