Joanna Jedrzejczyk had this to say on her appearance on The MMA Hour, trying to explain her problems making weight leading up to her fight with Rose Namajunas, in which she lost her UFC Strawweight Title:
“After the weigh-ins, I had only fluids and I went to bed because I took just two 15-minute naps during the weight cut,” she explained.
“The thing is, my legs got numb after I woke up. I said to my doctor, ‘Hey, my legs are numb’, and she said, ‘nothing to worry about, we’re going to hydrate you more’ and ‘you’re going to be fine’.
“But the next day, I felt the same and thought the most crazy things. I took the fight mentally. I wanted to go into the fight and push away all the worries.”
“Like I said, I could’ve gone to the doctor and got an IV, but I was worried that they were going to cancel my fight. I couldn’t do that to my fans. I’m a real warrior. And if people want to believe they can believe. If not, I will prove them wrong. I’m still the champion.”
Jedrzejczyk reputedly lost over a stone in 24 hours, a seemingly insane amount of weight. Yet again it highlights the severity of weight cutting in MMA.
There is a team of people around Jedrzejczyk, is this a normal amount of weight to lose in such a short space of time. If not, then why was it allowed to happen this time, why was it not questioned.
You could also add why was she allowed to fight.
It just seems something that was avoidable, it is of course not the first time Jedrzejczyk has had to cut weight, so why did the team let it happen.
MMA really needs to introduce check weigh ins leading up to the fight, and even on the day of the fight.
It’s certainly an area which needs far better regulating, and it needs doing before we have a very serious incident indeed.