Ex-UFC champ Jedrzejczyk denies tapping to punches

Nov 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Rose Namajunas (blue gloves) fights Joanna Jedrzejczyk (red gloves) during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk is no longer the UFC’s strawweight champion. That much she can accept. But tapping out due to strikes in her first career loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 Saturday night? She’s not ready to admit that just yet.

“Someone said that I tapped, I never tapped,” Jedrzejczyk told Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” Monday.

“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 suffered a stunning first-round TKO defeat to Namajunas, despite being expected by many to earn her sixth straight title defense. The Polish striker was caught with a left hook that sent her to the canvas, with Namajunas storming forward to finish the fight with strikes.

Despite Jedrzejczyk claiming otherwise, it appears as though she did, in fact, tap onto the canvas twice, signaling she was no longer willing to continue competing.

It’s entirely plausible Jedrzejczyk simply doesn’t remember tapping out, with few fighters ever really recalling exactly what transpires while they’re being struck into unconsciousness.

A win would have tied her with Ronda Rousey for most consecutive title defenses by a female UFC champion, while a loss erases her previously unblemished record.

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