Former UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is not a fan of her teammate’s antics. Top welterweight Colby “Chaos” Covington has built himself into a polarizing figure in the past few years, and he has found himself in the bad books of some of his teammates, including Jedrzejczyk.
The former champ was on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show this Monday, and she was asked about her teammate Covington. Helwani asked her if the drama has “died down” at her training camp, Florida’s American Top Team (ATT), between Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier. Chaos has had a war of words with both his teammates, with both men publicly bashing Chaos.
Jedrzejczyk answered, “It’s good, Colby’s back to training. He seems very calm.”
When asked if she had spoken to Chaos, Jedrzejczyk answered, “Of course not. We got into an argument before my last fight, so I don’t want to talk to him. He [needs] to apologize.” The former strawweight champion declined to say what the argument was about with Covington, but she said, “he knows.”
Jedrzejczyk continued, “He has to bow down to the queen and say sorry.”
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Jedrzejczyk Believes Everyone Should ‘Respect Each Other’ & Covington Needs to Be More Respectful to His Teammates & Women
About the camaraderie at American Top Team, Jedrzejczyk said, “We should respect each other. This is what we do at ATT. It’s an amazing place, we have more and more people coming from all over the world, and we are all helping each other. You don’t have to like or love all the people. But somehow, we are teammates, and we have to support each other.” She told Helwani that the coaches are working hard to keep the gym like a family.
The former champion steered the conversation back to Covington, “Colby should be more respectful to his teammates and women, in general. He should learn how to say ‘hi, sorry, I apologize.’ I don’t know, he’s getting there.”
Jedrzejczyk Will Fight For Gold Again During UFC 248 on March 7
The former strawweight champion is on a mission to reclaim the belt she once called her own. And on March 7, she will get that opportunity. In the co-main event of UFC 248, Jedrzejczyk will fight UFC Strawweight Champion Weili Zhang for the belt. This will be Zhang’s first title defense since winning the belt at UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang in August of 2019.
Jedrzejczyk won the strawweight belt at UFC 185 by defeating Carla Esparza and she defended the belt five consecutive times. She lost the belt to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217, and since then, she has been unable to capture gold again, losing to Namajunas in a rematch and to Valentina Shevchenko in a flyweight title fight.