Joanna Jedrzejczyk is leaving the door open for a potential return to the UFC, and her training partner Mayra Bueno Silva is constantly trying to convince her to re-enter the octagon.
Speaking on the Trocacao Franca , Silva, Jedrzejczyk said that she is the most hardworking person at American Top Team and it gives her hope that former UFC strawweight champion will return one day.
“It is so insane, she trains as if she’s still a champion,” Silva stated. “I see her every day in the gym, we train together, and she’s training like she’s still the champion. I ask her, I tell her, ‘I’m not ready yet for you to retire’. Gloria and I were greatly inspired by Joanna.
“[I tell her] ‘We’re not ready for you to retire.
“[I tell her] ‘We are not ready for you to retire. She trains far more than me. She’s there when I arrive at the gym. When I leave, she’s still there. She’s still there .”
when I return.
Jedrzejczyk came up short in her attempt to reclaim the title against Weili Zhang in 2020, losing an epic five-round split decision, and came back two years later to lose by knockout to the same opponent.
” I believe that she will continue to fight,” Silva stated. A fighter’s life is hard. It’s hard to let go of all you have worked so hard for. She’ll be back, I believe. She’s one of the greatest of all times, and a champion doesn’t stop like that.”
Meanwhile, Silva looks to build her own legacy in the sport, returning to action Saturday night against Lina Lansberg at UFC Vegas 69 for her third straight victory since moving up to bantamweight. Silva trained extensively with another high-level athlete in Kayla Harrison in 2022, and she is confident that the PFL star will return for vengeance this year after losing her trilogy bout to Larissa Pacheco.
“I think being undefeated was never her goal – her goal is to become champion,” Silva said of Harrison. We might see this loss as a positive, because she is already back [to the gym], learning and ready to move on. Being next to her is wonderful, to see what a champion does and breathe the same air. She’s an example both inside and outside the cage.”
Silva trained in the past with Bellator champion Cris Cborg, but he is still cautious about a possible clash between MMA legends.
“People say they want to see Cyborg and Kayla, and ask me what do I think,” she said. I believe we all would win if the best fighters were fighting one another. This would be the most important fight in women’s history. And the winner of that fight would be [the promotion] that puts it together [laughs].”