Joanna Jedrzejczyk ‘Super Happy’ To Be Back At American Top Team
Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is back at American Top Team, after spending most of 2020 in her home country of Poland due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Jedrzejczyk took to social media to express her happiness at reuniting with her coaches and teammates at ATT.
“Super happy to be back to training with my coaches, who are my friends and family. Thanks for the love, American Top Team. Let’s put on a hell of the work as we always do,” Jedrzejczyk wrote on her Instagram.
No Training Camp At ATT, No Fight
Jedrzejczyk has not fought since losing a razor-close split-decision to the reigning strawweight champion Zhang Weili at UFC 248. Speaking last month to Laura Sanko (as transcribed by MMA Fighting), the 33-year-old said that she would not prepare for a fight without her coaches and team by her side.
“Because of the COVID situation, somehow, I can’t go back to the States,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I don’t see myself preparing in Poland or somewhere outside of the American Top Team without Mikey Brown, Katel Kubis, the American Top Team in general. I love these people. They are my team. I think I will be back next year.”
Joanna also rejected the idea of her retirement, saying that she is just taking her time, but is not going anywhere anytime soon.
“I’m living my best life,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m living my dream. As you know, I was always busy and I’m very happy. I’m still fighting. I’m not retired. So many people on my social media they’re commentating that I’m retired, they’re asking but I’m not. I’m just taking my time.”
Fighting In Empty Arenas
Due to COVID restrictions, the UFC has not put on events with fans in attendance since she competed at UFC 248. Jedrzejczyk doesn’t like the idea of fighting without fans however.
“I don’t see myself fighting without fans, without an audience,” Jedrzejczyk said. “You know how I interact with people. I don’t see myself fighting without fans. There is no sport without fans, any sport. I want my people to watch me live and support me. I just need it. I need this energy from people. This atmosphere always makes me feel so good.”
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