Joanna Jedrzejczyk thinks she should be given an immediate rematch after dropping the UFC women’s strawweight title to Rose Namajunas over the weekend at UFC 217. Namajunas is not too sure about that whole thing.
Namajunas knocked out Jedrzejczyk in just 3:03 and it was a dominant victory. That kind of win, Namajunas told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour , shouldn’t warrant Jedrzejczyk getting another chance so soon.
“I don’t think so,” Namajunas said. “I don’t know how that could … anything is possible, right? A first-round knockout and she tapped due to strikes. Even though she was still stumbling afterwards, there was still some part of her that tapped. Not a fluke.”
Jedrzejczyk said on The MMA Hour that she did not tap, but she also said she had yet to watch the fight over again. The replay certainly did make it appear that she tapped, though referee John McCarthy ruled the bout a knockout, not a submission.
Heading into the fight, Jedrzejczyk was trying to tie Ronda Rousey’s record for most women’s title defenses (six). She won the belt in March 2015, stopping Carla Esparza in the second round. Jedrzejczyk was the second-most tenured champion in the UFC heading into UFC 217 in New York and had the second-most active title defenses, behind only Demetrious Johnson in both categories.
Namajunas, 25, is open to her first title defense coming against someone else.
“I thought about the idea of the rest of the division and I wonder who’s gonna call me out and things like that,” Namajunas said. “But I haven't really thought about who I want to fight yet, no. All I’ve been thinking about the next step — other than decompress, things like that and have a little fun and see the rest of my friends and family — is just making sure our team is tight and solid.”
Namajunas (7-3) lost to Esparza in the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight title fight in 2014 and has now come full circle as a titleholder. She said at the post-fight press conference Saturday night that she’d like to take some time off and added that Jedrzejczyk might need some of that as well.
It doesn’t sound like she’s thinking too much about who is next at this point. Namajunas implied that she wouldn’t rule Jedrzejczyk out, but she’s not sure if that’s what the UFC will book.
“It doesn’t stop here,” she said. “We’ve gotta regroup and just enjoy ourselves a little bit. We’ve definitely gotta think about it.”