Joanna Jedrzejczyk Swears She Didn’t Tap To Strikes At UFC 217

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Rose Namajunas shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world this past weekend (Sat. November 4, 2017) when she knocked out Joanna Jedrzejczyk to capture the UFC 115-pound championship.

It all went down as the first of three title fights at UFC 217 on pay-per-view (PPV) from Madison Square Garden, and it was the first of three title changes that would occur before the night’s end. As Namajunas poured on the ground-and-pound to a downed Jedrzejczyk, it seemed as though the Polish knockout artist was actually tapping out to the strikes.

“Joanna Champion” took to The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani earlier today (Mon. November 6, 2017) and was adamant that she didn’t tap out to Namajunas, but was instead trying to get up (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“Someone said that I tapped, I never tapped,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Are you kidding me? It was probably that I was trying to stand up, but I didn’t. It was a piece of a second for me.

“I know it took a while – from the punch to the ground and pound when I had the turtle position, but for me it was a like a piece of a second. I know it was a few long seconds. It looks totally different than people think it is.”

Jedrzejczyk then doubled down on her claim that she did not tap out and explained she was probably trying to get to her feet:

“I didn’t tap…I didn’t tap. I heard this, like two times, but come on…I didn’t tap…I didn’t tap. It was probably I was trying to stand up,” she said again.

“I didn’t know what was going on at that time probably. My body…I couldn’t get the right balance, you know? I didn’t tap, I never tapped and I didn’t tap.”

During the stoppage, Jedrzejczyk claimed that she felt as if she was standing next to the action watching it all unfold. She also claimed to feel slower in warm-ups before the fight got underway:

“Believe me that it was a mistake, and I felt like I was not there,” she explained. “I got cut, she cut me up and I felt like I was standing next to it watching it. I was like, ‘Let me go, what happened?’

“I didn’t see the punch, the power of the punch. She didn’t hit hard, you know, but right to the point, I don’t know what happened.

“I just remember that during the warm-up I was feeling more slower than usually. I don’t know why, I must go to the fight week and figure it out.”

While she still doesn’t think that she tapped out, Jedrzejczyk agrees that it was the propped time to call the fight off:

“Of course, I was out, but I don’t know why,” she replied when asked if it was the right time to stop the action. Maybe there was something wrong with my brain or head, but I don’t know. I will figure out what happened because it’s unusual.

“I have almost 100 fights in my time in boxing and kickboxing. I had 15 fights in MMA and nothing ever happened before. It was the first time I got cut, someone knocked me down.”

  • danxiq1

    Ummm……..yeah……….you tapped

  • Mark Anthony Raymond

    that bitch tapped..

    • Eyes OnPies

      Nope go rewatch it in real time, looks like it but she posts up and eats a shot which lifts her and it drops down. Only touched the canvas twice, when she posts up and when she eats a shot. Rewatched it just now since I thought she tapped when I seen the replay in slow motion during the PPV.

  • stupid werdum face

    She believed in her own hype, got drunk off of her delusions of grandeur and got outclassed in there. She got her ass beat, and she tapped and you would think she would use this loss as a spring board to get better, but shes doubling down in denial.

  • Peaceful Mind

    So when she slaps tha mat repeatedly, until tha ref stops tha fight….it’s not tapping out? Come on now. Tha whole world witnessed you tap out.

    • Eyes OnPies

      She didn’t tap I just rewatched the fight 5 seconds ago, it looks like it more in slow motion but watch it in real time she posts up to try getting back up and eats a shot her hand goes up and comes down. Her hand only touches the canvas twice and that’s it.

      • Peaceful Mind

        Yes, exactly. You said it yourself. “Her hand only touches the canvas twice”….if her hand touched tha mat once? That’s pushing off tha mat to stand up. touching tha mat/competitor, or anything more than once, is a tap out….she is too proud to admit it, and she was also out of her mind and can’t remember doin it, because she was KO’d.

  • leonaidis

    Some, like Conor thrive of the trash talk, they need it to get in the octagon, they need the hate because with out that they don’t have the confidence in their skills. Then again some can’t handle it. They put too much pressure on them self, and get scared that they wont live up to the talk. Not everyone has the arrogance to act like they newer opened their mouth after a defeat, like Conor. I think Joanna put too much pressure on herself, and that she underestimated Rose. Then when she got rocked she went in to panic mode: “Shit!! This isn’t supposed to happen after all that I’ve said! PANIC!!” and tap out…

  • Bill Wolf

    The taboo on tapping to strikes is nonsense anyway. When you’re done, you’re done.

  • john

    Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory

  • Bernie Asis

    there’s no shame in tapping, you can fight another day

  • DG

    She did tap and she should have because she wasn’t intelligently defending herself and McCarthy wasn’t doing his job. Fights should be stopped immediately when a fighter goes into that turtle position. It is the definition of not an intelligent defense.