This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Turns 28

By Brian Knapp Aug 4, 2015
Joanna Jedrzejczyk turns 28 on Aug. 18. | Photo: Michal Biel/Sherdog.com



She has enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom, and Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk will celebrate her 28th birthday on Aug. 18.

Jedrzejczyk carved a quick path to the top, as she emerged as the sport’s top female fighter at 115 pounds. The unbeaten Pole has won all four of her bouts since arriving in the UFC a little more than a year ago, defeating Juliana de Lima Carneiro and Nova Uniao standout Claudia Gadelha before capturing strawweight gold with a second-round knockout against “The Ultimate Fighter 20” winner Carla Esparza at UFC 185 in March. Jedrzejczyk successfully defended her title at a UFC Fight Night event on June 20, when she routed Jessica Penne and delivered a third-round technical knockout at the O2 World in Berlin.

Known for her striking prowess, Jedrzejczyk was a six-time world champion in amateur muay Thai. In claiming the strawweight championship, she became just the third European fighter -- Bas Rutten and Andrei Arlovski are the others -- to win a UFC title.

Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of August:

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Diaz, 32, on Aug. 2.

AUG. 1

Dominic Clark (30)
Gegard Mousasi (30)

AUG. 2

Krzysztof Soszynski (38)
Jeff Hougland (37)
John Kelly (37)
Ivan Musardo (35)
Aleksander Emelianenko (34)
Nick Diaz (32)
Zak Cummings (31)
Magomed Mustafaev (27)

AUG. 3

Eric Esch (49)
Johnny Eduardo (37)
Carey Vanier (34)
Aleksandar Radosavljevic (32)
Neil Magny (28)
Amanda Bell (27)
Ben Nguyen (27)

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Magny, 28, on Aug. 3.

AUG. 4

Duane Ludwig (37)
Mitsuhisa Sunabe (36)
Iuri Alcantara (35)
Bernardo Magalhaes (34)
Joe Duarte (32)
Bryan Caraway (31)
Jared Rosholt (29)
Paul Sass (27)
Ray Borg (22)

AUG. 5

Sean Sherk (42)
Dustin Pague (28)
Mladen Kujundzic (26)

AUG. 6

Sean Gray (42)
Igor Vovchanchyn (42)
Patrick Mikesz (41)
Tracy Hess (38)
Minoru Takeuchi (30)

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Vovchanchyn, 42, on Aug. 6.

AUG. 7

Edwin Dewees (33)
Henry Martinez (32)
Martin Begley (30)

AUG. 8

Yusuke Imamura (39)
Shayna Baszler (35)
Benny Madrid (35)
Ivan Zagubinoga (31)
Damon Jackson (27)
Mairbek Taisumov (27)

AUG. 9

Kerry Schall (44)
Kyle Watson (36)
Cary Bullos (32)
C.J. Keith (29)

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Randleman, 44, on Aug. 10.

AUG. 10

Kevin Randleman (44)
C.B. Dollaway (32)
Randa Markos (30)
Joe Proctor (30)
Wang Ya Yong (22)

AUG. 11

Joe Rogan (48)
Ev Ting (26)
Emmanuel Sanchez (25)

AUG. 12

Frankie Saenz (35)

AUG. 13

Solomon Hutcherson (43)
Nik Lentz (31)
Jonathan Brookins (30)
Demetrious Johnson (29)
Ronys Torres (29)

AUG. 14

Ricardo Funch (35)
Brylan Van Artsdalen (31)
Mark Holst (30)

AUG. 15

Katsuhisa Fujii (43)
Moyses Gabin (35)
Valmir Lazaro (30)
Andy Enz (24)

AUG. 16

Rulon Gardner (44)
Hiroya Takada (38)
Mickael Lebout (28)
Tecia Torres (26)
Joe Madrid (25)

AUG. 17

Masaaki Satake (50)
Carlos Newton (39)
Valentijn Overeem (39)

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Kharitonov, 35, on Aug. 18.

AUG. 18

Chris Lytle (41)
Chad Robichaux (40)
Sergei Kharitonov (35)
Geronimo dos Santos (35)
Sachiko Yamamoto (35)
Guy Delumeau (34)
Miesha Tate (29)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (28)
Sergio Pettis (22)
Agilan Thani (20)

AUG. 19

Ricco Rodriguez (38)
Kyle Bradley (33)
Stipe Miocic (33)
Julianna Pena (26)
Mizuki Inoue (21)
Jake Matthews (21)

AUG. 20

Tom Speer (31)
Billy Giovanella (30)
Elizabeth Phillips (29)

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Henderson, 45, on Aug. 24.

AUG. 21

Alex Reid (40)
Zachary Micklewright (29)
Shoko Sato (28)

AUG. 22

Hideo Tokoro (38)
Justin Buchholz (32)
Niklas Backstrom (26)

AUG. 23

Brock Larson (38)
Andrey Koreshkov (25)

AUG. 24

James Toney (47)
Dan Henderson (45)
Trevor Prangley (43)
Dong Sik Yoon (43)
Marcus Davis (42)
Hayato Sakurai (40)
Charles Rosa (29)
Jake Heun (28)

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Horn, 40, on Aug. 25.

AUG. 25

Jeremy Horn (40)
Danny Castillo (36)
Mark Holata (33)
Piotr Hallmann (28)
Ryan Benoit (26)
Leon Edwards (24)

AUG. 26

Erik Apple (38)
Lance Benoist (27)

AUG. 27

Hermes Franca (41)
Francisco Trinaldo (37)
Amir Sadollah (35)
Lew Polley (34)
Ryan Couture (33)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev (32)

AUG. 28

Deividas Taurosevicius (38)
Anthony Ferguson (35)
Karo Parisyan (33)
Louis Gaudinot (31)
Rick Story (31)
Jon Tuck (31)

AUG. 29

George Kleber (38)
Gabe Ruediger (38)
Kelly Anundson (31)

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Honchak, 36, on Aug. 30.

AUG. 30

Eric Prindle (39)
Barb Honchak (36)
Cole Escovedo (34)
Joe Brammer (32)
Jim Miller (32)

AUG. 31

Ido Pariente (37)
Daniel Omielanczuk (33)
Pat Curran (28)
Alexis Dufresne (25)

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