Joanna Jedrzejczyk flattered that Rose Namajunas helped Tecia Torres train for UFC on FOX 30

CALGARY – Joanna Jedrzejczyk says the fact Tecia Torres trained with champ Rose Namajunas in preparation for UFC on FOX 30 reflects positively on her.

Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has lost to only one fighter in her MMA career, and that’s Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC). She’s coming off consecutive title-fight losses to her but will attempt to rebound Saturday when she meets Torres (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a crucial strawweight matchup.

Torres has said she didn’t spend an extensive amount of time with Namajunas but worked enough with the champ and her coaches to feel like she has some useable tricks up her sleeve. Jedrzejczyk, however, has another take.

“It means that I’m so tough they have to get in groups and gangs to prepare for the fights with me,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie at UFC on FOX 30 media day. “That’s the point. I appreciate it. They have to learn from each other how to try to beat Joanna. They can’t do this. That’s the point. Karolina Kowalkiewicz did the same. She went to my old gym to train before the fight with Claudia Gadelha. Rose was training with someone else. Tecia is training with Rose. I don’t care. It means a lot to me. It means that I’m the baddest chick on the planet. Thank you, girls.”

UFC on FOX 30 takes place at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jedrzejczyk vs. Torres airs on the FOX-televised portion of the card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Jedrzejczyk’s showdown with Torres will mark her first non-title bout in more than three years. The Polish fighter believes she should have regained the strap in her second encounter with Namajunas at UFC 223 in April, but the competitive decision did not go in her favor.

Throughout the lead-up to UFC on FOX 30 there’s been hints from Jedrzejczyk that another chance to take back the belt could be on the horizon with a win over Torres. She played coy when pressed on the issue but didn’t try to hide the fact there’s been behind-the-scenes discussion with UFC President Dana White.

“I cannot tell you,” Jedrzejczyk said. “It’s between me and him. It’s his birthday tomorrow, so I must win for Dana White and make him smile because of my victory. You will hear that very soon.”

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