Joanna Jedrzejczyk Carries the Olympic Flame For Her Home Country of Poland

Joanna Jedrzejczyk had the honor of carrying the Olympic flame for Poland

Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk had the honor of carrying the Olympic flame for her home country of Poland this week as part of the ceremony that will all lead to the Winter games kicking off in Feb. in South Korea.

Jedrzejczyk had announced several weeks ago that she had been selected by the Olympic committee in Poland to represent her home country as one of the athletes who would carry the torch ahead of the games.

The ceremony goes on for several weeks until the torch is finally presented in South Korea to signify the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

By carrying the Olympic flame this year, Jedrzejczyk becomes the first women’s fighter and only the second UFC fighter in history to enjoy that honor following Antonio Rogerio Nogueira doing the same back in 2016 for his home country of Brazil for the Summer Olympics.

When Jedrzejczyk isn’t carrying the Olympic flame in Poland, she’s enjoying some down time before she’s expected to return to the United States to start preparation for her next fight in the UFC.

There’s no word yet on when Jedrzejczyk will return but she had previously stated that she expected a late spring or early summer booking for her next fight as she looks to climb back to the top of the mountain to reclaim the UFC women’s strawweight title.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.