It’s been over a year since the MMA world saw Joanna Jedrzejczyk in action. There may be a chance that fight fans won’t have to wait any longer. Jedrzejczyk’s comeback fight, if all goes according to plan, may be against a familiar opponent.
The former UFC strawweight champion last competed at UFC 248 in March 2020. Her fight against Zhang Weili was for the history books as the two pushed themselves to the limit. Some considered the fight to be considered Fight of the Year.
Weili won by split decision to defend the UFC strawweight title. Since then, she has lost two in a row to Rose Namajunas, who previously beat Jedrzejczyk for the title in 2017. Jedrzejczyk has been appearing in the media in Poland since the fight and has also taken an extended vacation. Every time she returns, Jedrzejczyk tells Kanal Sportowy that she would like to confront Weili.
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“Everyone thinks I’m not in the UFC anymore,” Jedrzejczyk said via Sport.pl. “I am, I just got out of qualifying, because I haven’t fought for a dozen months. But I will come back and fight (the No. 1 contender). It will probably be Zhang Weili.”
Jedrzejczyk (10-4), a five-time Muay Thai World Championship gold medalist, made his MMA debut in 2012 and joined the UFC in 2014. Won the UFC strawweight title in 2015 against Carla Esparza, defending the title five times. her losing it to Namajunas by technical knockout.
Jedrzejczyk went on to say that she had a chance to wait to face the winner of the next strawweight title fight. That fight may well be Namajunas defending the title in a rematch that has been in the works for years against Esparza. Those two fought for the belt in 2014, and Esparza was the winner. After being inactive for an extended period, Jedrzejczyk is eager to return to the Octagon, which is why she wants to confront Weili.
“I thought she could be Carla Esparza, but [it is] confirmed that she is the next to fight for the championship,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Somewhere there is [Maria] Rodriguez, who also fights Yan [Xiaonan] in March, and [later] becomes Zhang Weili. I don’t see any other fight. I’m just going for the belt.”
“Dana [White] made me an offer to fight for the championship, but I would have to wait until November-December and I don’t want to wait. I want to fight.”
Since her last successful title defense against Jessica Andrade in May 2017, Jedrzejczyk is 2-4 in her last six fights and 2-2 in her last four. She has attempted to capture the UFC flyweight title in the past and tried to regain her former glory with the Weili fight.
If the rematch takes place, Jedrzejczyk has a chance to redeem himself. So far, the UFC has not revealed any plans for the Polish fighter.