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Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes she ‘got the win easy’ over Rose Namajunas

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UFC 223: Namajunas v Jedrzejczyk
Joanna Jedrzejczyk fell for a second time to Rose Namajunas at UFC 223.
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk didn’t come out of UFC 223 feeling like a loser.

The former UFC strawweight champion lost again to the woman who took her championship back in November, Rose Namajunas, on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

But the 49-46 across-the-board decision in Namajunas’ favor was the sort of scoreline that doesn’t impart how close the fight actually was.

And Jedrzejczyk, for her part, believes she deserved the nod.

“When I heard Bruce Buffer saying the numbers, how the judges scored the card, I was like okay, I expected that I was going to win by split decision,” Jedrzejczyk said at the post-fight press conference. “But when I heard the difference, I was like, okay, I got the win easy, even with my coaches.”

With that in mind, the former champ was shocked when Namajunas was announced as the winner.

“It was really big surprise, and the numbers don’t lie,” Jedrzejczyk said. “142-84 in landed punches.

“That’s the answer. That’s the answer.”

The American Top Team fighter also believes she was the fresher fighter as the bout unfolded.

“We thought the second round was like super close, but man, more kicks from me,” she said. “I feel great. You could see me, like, she got out from the third round and I was more than ready to go, whatever round. I could fight 10 more rounds. And every break, I was on my feet ready to go.”

Jedrzejczyk, who has hinted in the past that she’s had an eye on moving up to 125 pounds, didn’t want to think about her future yet, especially after the decision was so tough to swallow.

“I felt I was winning the fight. I felt I was winning the fight, and here I’m not complaining that I lost or not. I’m really different fighter. I have done so much for myself and the sport.”

She, did, however, have a prediction for Namajunas’ short-term future. Asked if the judges failed to properly account for Jedrzejczyk’s leg kicks in scoring the fight, she said to keep an eye on the champion on Sunday and you’ll have your answer.

“Let’s see how she’s going to walk tomorrow,” she said.