8 Dec 2018; Toronto, ON, Canada; joanna Jedrzejczyk (blue gloves) reacts after her fight against Valentina Shevchenko (red gloves) during UFC 231 at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Joanna Jedrzejczyk encountered a few outstanding fighters during her eight years on the UFC list, but when it comes to which one of those women hit her the hardest, the answer may come as a surprise.
Jedrzejczyk (16-4) will go on to become one of the greatest sprinklers, and pound-for-pound, female UFC competitors of all time. She won her first eight fights in the promotion, carried the division on her back as a champion for more than two years, and competed in some of the best fights in division history. She even took a one-fight outing to flyweight to face the weight classes current champion and BOK Valentina Shevchenko.
During her time in the organization, she faced many of the best 115-pound fighters the industry had to offer. Like former and current division champions in Carla Esparza, Rose Namajunas, Jessica Andrade, Zhang Weili, and the aforementioned 125-pound Queen Shevchenko. All of them are talented fighters and most of them are known for their ability to hurt opponents with their fists. Yet none of those championship-level rivals hit the Polish MMA superstar the hardest.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk names the woman who punched her the hardest
During an appearance on the US top team-backed podcast “Punchin ‘In “ Jedrzejczyk revealed which former enemy hit her the hardest. And while Namajunas – a woman who beat her twice and once with technical knockout – made it to the top two, it was her UFC championship challenger on FOX 13, in 2014, who was honored with this unique honor.
“I think Rose. The first [fight with Namajunas], I do not remember. I did not feel the power. I just went to sleep, but there were a few things that happened before the fight. In the second fight I felt she hit pretty hard, but you know who hit the hardest? Valerie Letourneau. “She was the hardest puncher I have ever fought,” said Jedrzejczyk. … So Valerie and then Rose. ”
Like Jedrzejczyk, Letourneau’s first pro martial arts kickbox was. She finally made the move to MMA in 2007 and sporadically fought in the cage until she was signed by the UFC seven years later. After winning three in a row in the Octagon, she earned her title shot against Jedrzejczyk and lost by unanimous decision.
The Montreal native won 10 of her 17 fights in the cage and scored knockouts in half of those victories. She has not fought since a 2018 title fight defeat to former Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane.
Jedrzejczyk has not fought since March 2020, and a return date or opponent has still not been set for the former UFC champion.
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