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The Life and Career of Joanna “Champion”

Joanna Jędrzejczyk, otherwise known as Joanna “Champion” was born Olsztyn, Poland on August 18, 1987.

Joanna is one of, if not the best female fighter on the planet. She started her fighting career as a teenager when she took up Muay Thai to get in shape. Jędrzejczyk competed in Muay Thai and Kickboxing for ten years, compiling 70 wins in Muay Thai, 27 professional kickboxing wins and 37 amateur kickboxing wins. She won multiple Muay Thai and Kickboxing Championships.


Jędrzejczyk started her MMA career in 2012 with a decision victory against Sylwia Juskiewicz. She spent the next two years bouncing around small promotions, compiling a 6-0 record. She was signed by the UFC and made her debut in 2014 against Juliana Lima, scoring a decision victory. Later that year, in the toughest test of her career, she defeated her rival Claudia Gadelha by split decision.

Joanna had earned a shot at the newly minted champion, Carla Esparza. She shut down Esparza’s wrestling and showed her skill on the feet. Esparza was no match for Joanna, and that night Joanna “Champion” was born. Since then she has beaten Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, and Claudia Gadelha again. She has starred on The Ultimate Fighter and she is considered by many to be the best female fighter in the world. Currently, she is the only female fighter in the pound-for-pound rankings (ranked ninth). Joanna is a dominant champion whose reign has only just begun.


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