Joanna Jedrzejczyk is getting her first taste of reality television.
The UFC strawweight champion is set to defend her title against Claudia Gadelha this summer and to build up the fight, as the UFC has been known to do, Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha were made coaches on season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter TV show. Yesterday, Jedrzejczyk spoke with Steve Cofield and RJ Clifford on their show SiriusXM Fight Club about her experiences filming TUF and he feelings about how she has been portrayed in the show.
"I don't watch TUF. I don't watch it because I don't like how they show me... I know the stories, I know the things which happened so I'm not watching because what I saw in the first two episodes I wasn't happy with that so I'm not watching this."
For those not keeping up with the show, Jedrzejczyk has certainly not come off well. In the second episode, there is a verbal altercation between the two coaches wherein Jedrzejczyk tells Gadelha "go back to the Jungle because that is your place" and threatens to spit in her face. Jedrzejczyk is also shown antagonizing other coaches on Gadelha's team, berating her own team who has yet to win a fight, and in general acts the part of a petulant bully. Jedrzejczyk says this is all editing done by the producers.
"I heard every day that I'm a very good coach, that I'm a very good partner for my teammates and for my fighters but they show on TV that I'm a bad person but I'm not. So that's why I'm not watching this. I'm focused on my preparations for my upcoming fight with Claudia Gadhela and I just want to make sure that I'm gonna be at 100 percent and you're gonna hear ‘and still' on July 8th.
"The second episode or the third [episode] I saw that I was jumping to one of Claudia's coaches but the story was different. They started the fight. I'm the champ. I became the champion a long time ago. You know I've been working so hard for my title and I cannot let Claudia or someone from her team jump to me. You know what I mean. They cannot push me, they cannot yell at me. I'm kind of tough girl and they cannot just play with me. When you're nice to me, I'm nice to you; but when you are not nice, I'm even worse.
"People just see tense situations in the TUF program. They can see that I am bully but it wasn't like that. Don't trust everything you see on TV."
Jedrzejczyk would hardly be the first nor the last person to be portrayed unkindly on a reality television show. But if her assertions that she is only mean to those who aren't nice to her is true, then the TUF producers are doing a good job at hiding Gadelha's indiscretions. For the most part, Gadelha has been shown to be cordial with the occasional antagonistic moment thrown in while Jedrzejczyk appears to be the one instigating fights. But Jedrzejczyk says that she too was on good terms with most of the people involved in the show - including other members of Gadelha's team - but that that part has been left out.
"They can show in a few ways that I was a good coach, that I was a good teammate for my fighters, that I was fighting with Claudia but they still could show for example that I had good relations with the main coach of Claudia Gadhela or that I did some other good stuff for my fighters. But I don't mind. I have a fight coming up soon and people are still gonna love me for what I'm gonna do to Claudia on July 8th."
Still, despite the negative way she feels she has been portrayed and the (thus far) inability of her team to win a fight, Jedrzejczyk remains pleased with the experience and hopes to return again.
"It was an amazing time. I spent an amazing six weeks with the fighters, with the teams, with the crew. I don't blame Claudia, I don't blame the TUF people, I don't blame myself because I did my job. I said what I said and that's all.
I would love to do this again. Even if they're gonna show me as this person again because I know who I am. I am who I am and I know who I am."
Jedrzejczyk defends her UFC strawweight championship in a rematch against Gadelha at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Below you can listen to an except from the interview as well as watch a clip from of the above mentioned altercation between Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha.
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