Jedrzejczyk aims to break Rousey record, then challenge at 125

Thursday, September 21, 2017

When UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes dropped out of her UFC 213 main event bout vs. Valentina Shevchenko on fight day citing illness, strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk offered to step up. Offering to give up 20 pounds, with hours of preparation, explains who Joanna ‘Violence’ is, and made clear at some point she will challenge for the UFC 125 pound belt, that is underway on The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion.

But Jedrzejczyk has something she wants to accomplish first, as she detailed during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”

“I’m very excited that the UFC made this decision to bring the new division,” said Jedrzejczyk, as transcribed by Fernanda Prates* for MMAjunkie. “I was looking at the 125 division, but it was at that time when I had such big problems with making weight, with making 115.

“But that time, I didn’t work with Perfecting Athletes. Right now I feel great. I put on weight. I feel strong. I feel healthy. And I make my weight easy. I can fight at 115, but maybe next year I will make this decision to move up and I will, of course, defend both titles.”

Jedrzejczyk’s next title defense is vs. Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 on November 4 at Madison Square Garden. If she wins, she ties former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s record of Most Title Defenses by a Woman, with six. One more and holds the record. Then it might be time to challenge for a second belt.

“I love Ronda Rousey,” said Jedrzejczyk. “We have a very good relationship, and like I said so many times, she has done so much for this sport, for the UFC and not only for the female fighters.

“Of course, it’s all about winning the fight, defending the title and about the records. It’s going to be nice that I will tie Ronda Rousey’s record after I win against Rose Namajunas. But I’m looking forward, because I want to defend my strawweight belt in 2018. And then I will see. Maybe I will move up.”

“I’m working hard. This is what I always do. I’m still the champion, but the thing is that I feel that with every camp I feel more confident. I feel that I’m learning. I’m challenging myself.

“And for sure, Nov. 4, I will bring new weapons to the fight with Rose Namajunas.”

*Sidenote: Wish Fernanda a happy birthday on Twitter 🙂