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Jedrzejczyk: I'm lucky to be alive after last weight cut

Joanna 'Violence' Jedrzejcyk has released a video of a prior weight cut. It looks like torture.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna 'Violence' Jedrzejcyk lost her UFC women's strawweight championship to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 on November 4, 2017. Now she has released a video of a previous weight cut and cited massive problems with the latest.

It looks and sounds like torture.

Jedrzejcyk says that she feels lucky to be alive for the cut vs. Namajunas, which was supervised by her nutrition team, Perfecting Athletes. She apparently had enjoyed a great relationship with the company over the past year or so, complimenting them repeatedly, and living with principals Paulina Indara and Michelle Ingels while she trained at ATT in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Now in an interview with Przemysław Osiak of Przeglad Sportowy in her native Poland, Jedrzejczyk says after cutting 16 pounds in 14 hours she feels lucky to be alive, and has cut ties with Perfecting Athletes.

“It was an accident what happened,” said Jedrzejczyk, as transcribed by and translated by MMA Fighting. “I know that I should have won the match, and I know that I could have won the match. ... The people that I was working with led me to a critical state.

“I told my doctor I need to do whatever to weigh 115. I don't care if I have to be in a tub with whatever temperature. It gets harder and harder as you get older to cut weight."

"I was screaming. It didn't matter it was very late. The pain of putting my body back again in hot water was unimaginable. But I wanted to do it for all who wanted to see my fight"

“The mistakes that they made were unforgivable. … I can’t work with those kinds of people.”

Jedrzejczyk said she would forgive Indara and Ingels as people, but the professional relationship was at a close.

The former champ has had a challenging last couple of years, leaving her gym in Poland and joining ATT, leaving SuckerPunch for Paradigm and leaving Paradigm, and leaving her Polish nutritionist joining Perfecting Athletes and leaving Perfecting Athletes. Hopefully, she can put a team around her with legs and realize her full potential.

And the culture of extreme weight cutting in mixed martial arts will continue to threaten lives until regulatory bodies adopt and refine the 10 Point Plan created by Andy Foster, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission. It works. The ABC medical committee supports it. The ABC has adopted it. The UFC supports it and will continue to adopt further parts of it.

Unfortunately, most athletic commissions are apparently waiting for a high profile death, unconvinced by the lesser known deaths, and the endless series of hospitalizations and other major health problems.