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Joanna Jedrzejczyk says Karolina Kowalkiewicz doesn't deserve a rematch: 'Come on, it was like 10-8 every round'

Esther Lin

Joanna Jedrzejczyk is not looking to fight Karolina Kowalkiewicz a second time anytime soon.

The strawweight champion doesn't believe Kowalkiewicz is worthy of a rematch following their championship bout at UFC 205. The two 115-pounders battled against each other last Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was a fight that Jedrzejczyk dominated for the first three rounds. In the fourth round, Kowalkiewicz wobbled Jedrzejczyk with a big right hand, but the champion was able to survive and come back to take the final round. After the fight, Kowalkiewicz went on the microphone to campaign for a rematch with the champ. Jedrzejczyk doesn't like that idea.

"No, come on," Jedrzejczyk said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "She lost the fight. It was like 10-8 every round. Maybe the fourth round she was dangerous for like 10 seconds. In Woodley and Thompson, Thompson deserved the rematch, you know, the fight was so close. But come on, she can't talk about the rematch. I heard she was running to Dana [White] right after the fight and asking for the rematch, but come on, come on."

Despite getting hurt in the fourth round, and looking to be in trouble, Jedrzejczyk does't think fighting Kowalkiewicz was the toughest bout of her career.

"She's tough, but I'm a champion because I'm so humble in the gym, I'm so humble everyday," Jedrzejczyk said. "I'm hard on myself, I learn everyday, and I'm making the right decision in my life and fighting career. Karolina was tough. I didn't disrespect her before the fight. I had really tough fights with Claudia Gadelha, Valerie Letourneau, so it wasn't the toughest fight for me. I was so dominant in this fight, I felt so great, I felt like I could do more, but I did just enough. Okay, she dropped me in the fourth round, but that's all, so she was just dangerous for like 15 seconds, that's all. I felt great, and I'm good. She was not the toughest, but I expected very tough fight from her. She was the challenger, and I know that Polish chicks are tough."

Jedrzejczyk is not sure who is next to challenge her strawweight belt, as she doesn't see a clear No. 1 contender in her division. But she's eyes to get back in the octagon in sometime in mid-2017.

"Maybe April, maybe May," Jedrzejczyk said. "I don't know. After Christmas, I have to sit down and talk to the UFC and figure out when they want me to fight, and when I want to fight."

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