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‘Shocked’ Joanna Jedrzejczyk says UFC ‘ignored’ signed contract for Valentina Shevchenko fight

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna Jedrzejczyk found out about the UFC 230 main event between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks the same way as everyone else: Through the work of reporters.

Unlike everyone else reading Tuesday’s news, though, the former UFC strawweight champ had a vested interest: Jedrzejczyk had a signed contract to face Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title at UFC 231 in Toronto.

Instead, Eubanks will get the title shot in November at Madison Square Garden. And Jedrzejczyk is none too pleased with how things went down.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Jedrzejczyk noted that the UFC tried to pressure her into moving the fight up, and when she refused, citing the need for a full training camp to meet a competitor of Shevchenko’s caliber, the UFC simply made the switch without informing her.

Me pulling out of fight? Never! Here is the truth. Yesterday I was informed that my fight had been cancelled. Unfortunately, I received this news from journalists, I was very shocked. I feel angry and sad. The already signed contract on the 8th of December was ignored. They were trying to persuade me into taking the fight in November, at the same time depriving me of a chance to properly prepare for the fight during the camp. Valentina is a challenging opponents, and my goal was (and actually still is) to prepare for this fight as best I can, and to eventually become the UFC flyweight champion. I treat every opponent and fight serious and with respect. I could fight in NY if I was interested only in money. Due to respect for other fighters and myself, I rejected the offer made by the UFC to change the date of the fight, as my main goal is to be at my best form during the fight, and in order to do that, I have to do my job from start to finish.

For 15 years I’ve been focused only on development, sportsmanship at the highest level and achieving my dreams. Of course, martial arts are my job, but most of all, they are my passion, hobby, and they fill my life and run in my blood. As a professional and a person who treats her life and work obligations serious, I feel truly resentful about the breath of the fight agreement. My feelings are even more intensified when I think of the obligations I had to resign from, as they would have happened in the time of my camp. I always plan everything long before a fight announcement. Once I sign the contract, there is nothing more important than fight preparations.

I always try to put myself in somebody else’s situation, be it a life or business one. Thus, I understand the quick decision made by the UFC key people to save the event in NYC. Everything happens for a reason. Sooner or later i’ll become the champ in two weight classes.

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