Cyborg asked if Jedrzejczyk is the women’s G.O.A.T.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For years it was argued in the media that Ronda Rousey was the greatest women’s fighter in history; Rousey holds the UFC women’s record for successful title defenses. After UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk dominated every round vs. Jessica Andrade at UFC 211, there were multiple media stories asking if she was the women’s G.O.A.T.; Jedrzejczyk is one fight shy of Rousey’s record.

Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting asked the greatest fighter in women’s MMA history to comment.

“Who’s the best MMA fighter of all times, I always left that for fans to decide,” said Cyborg. “Media can influence some fans, but the truth always appears, as it did with the American hero Ronda Rousey.”

“My UFC debut was a year ago, but, in reality, I’ve already fought five fights on my UFC contract. If the UFC would’ve given me my belt just like they did with Ronda Rousey, I would have broken the record of title defenses already. I’m undefeated for 10 years and I’m a world champion, to take this title someone has to defeat me.”

“Joanna is a great athlete and an example of what the UFC machine can do in terms of promotion and marketing. Of my last five fights, three were on Fight Pass. Joanna fought once on Fight Pass, was on the TV show Ultimate Fighter, and she normally fights as co-main event under fighters like McGregor and Ronda. You can do a lot of marketing over any athlete, but I’m the only athlete, men or women, that finished 90 percent of her fights by knockout.”

Cyborg wanted to fight UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie at UFC 214 on July 29, but that is apparently off the table. Cat Zingano is reportedly another possibility, but Cyborg pointed out Zingano has fought at 125 and 135, and has not won a fight since 2014. The obvious choice in the absence of de Randamie is an interim title fight vs. Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson, who is entirely game for the fight. but that option is little mentioned.

This video neatly sums up Cyborg’s attitude:

 

Cyborg’s UFC contract expires in October.

“I’d like to stay in the UFC, but working together,” she said. “I believe I deserve to be respected as an athlete because I’m a pioneer in this sport.”