Joanna Jedrzejczyk thinking big for her next UFC fight »


Mar 7, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Weili Zhang (pink gloves) fights Joanna Jedrzejczyk (blue gloves) throughout UFC 248 at T-Cellular Area. Obligatory Credit score: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports activities

After 15 months away, Joanna Jedrzejczyk needs to return to the octagon towards Rose Namajunas, the present champ, or high contender Zhang Weili – and no one else.

“I’m excited about solely preventing one in all them,” Jedrzejczyk informed MMA Junkie.

Jedrzejczyk started her profession by successful her first 14 fights however, in her most up-to-date six, was two up and 4 down, punctuated by a brutal loss to Weili.

Two of these 4 losses had been in title bouts towards Namajunas.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: “I placed on a hell of a warfare”

On season 23 of The Final Fighter, coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha participated in an epic dunk tank competitors. UFC President Dana White even joined and raised the stakes.

Jedrzejczyk continues to be the UFC’s No. 2 ranked contender within the ladies’s strawweight division, with Weili simply in entrance of her.

“I placed on a hell of a warfare, and I’m pleased with myself,” Jedrzejczyk informed MMA Junkie. “Yeah, man, I misplaced. We at all times need to win, however it’s not simple. I’m pleased with myself. Although it was shut, might go both approach, I misplaced. I can’t do something about (that) and simply work even tougher and win my subsequent battle.”

Namajunas stopped Weili on April 24 at UFC 261, and present No. 3 contender Carla Esparza delivered a technical knockout in Could over No. 4 contender Yan Xiaonan.

A 3rd shot at Rose Namajunas

Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Oct 12, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Joanna Jedrzejczyk (pink gloves) reacts towards Michelle Waterson (not pictured) throughout UFC Battle Night time at Amalie Area. Obligatory Credit score: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports activities

There aren’t any new fights scheduled among the many contenders, so Jedrzejczyk might presumably be given a 3rd shot at Namajunas.

“I don’t know what’s subsequent. I want to battle possibly in September, however I’m having fun with my life,” Jedrzejczyk mentioned. “I love to do different stuff outdoors the gymnasium and octagon. Let’s see what’s gonna occur subsequent. Let’s see who Rose is keen to battle subsequent, as a result of I’m solely excited about massive fights. I do know that individuals are saying that I misplaced and I ought to take some lower-ranking women, however I’m probably not after placing on ‘Battle of the 12 months’ with Zhang Weili.

“It’s an enormous enterprise, and I respect that. I simply take my spot and wait. I can’t get pushed to do issues I don’t need to do. My legacy is so massive. … I deserve what’s finest – what’s finest for me.”

–Area Stage Media

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