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Jedrzejcyzk: I’m not ‘the prettiest’ but I want to be ‘a legend’

Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, leaves the ring with her championship belt after a women's strawweight UFC 185 mixed martial arts title bout against Carla Esparza, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Dallas. Jedrzejczyk won by a TKO in two rounds. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejcyzk is in the sport for the long haul, and she is in MMA to build a legacy.

She wants people to be talking about her decades from now. And her UFC 205 title defense against Karolina Kowalkiewicz is another step on that path.

“Before, I broke my hand twice and it was not good for me. I had to take a longer break, but now I’m feeling great, so I’m ready to go,” Jedrzejczyk said, via MMA Fighting. “I know that I’m not the prettiest one, I’m not having big boobies or I’m not American, but I want people to remember me as the best female fighter, undefeated in MMA, and the UFC champion of the world.

“I want to be a legend. I want people to talk about me in five, 10 years, 20 years, that I was one of the best female MMA fighters, that I was one of the best UFC champions in the world back in the day. This is what I want. I just want to retire as an undefeated champion. This is my goal. This is my dream, and I want to make this dream become (real) life.”

Of course, Jedrzejcyzk is also in the sport to make a living, and having a place on what many expect to be the biggest UFC event ever has her excited too.

“Finally, I can make some money, you know?” Jedrzejczyk said. “I never complain about the money and I’m not going to do this, I’m just joking. I’m very happy that I can fight on 205, that I can fight in New York on the first UFC event in New York. I’m very happy to fight on the same card with Conor McGregor, with Eddie (Alvarez), with Tyron (Woodley), with Stephen (Thompson) and with the other fighters.

“This card is an amazing card, so I’m very happy. It’s a pleasure for me. Like I said, I want to be part of the biggest UFC shows ever. My dream is to fight in Poland, but next year. Now it’s time to build myself in the U.S. more. I got lots of attention after my fight with Claudia (Gadelha), so now I’m ready to take over the UFC shows.”

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