UFC strawweight star Joanna Jedrzejczyk has vowed she’s going to return to the Octagon and is focusing on a showdown with China’s Zhang Weili
Regardless of greater than 18 months of inactivity, Polish legend Joanna Jedrzejczyk has insisted she remains to be a UFC fighter and is eyeing a rematch with fellow former strawweight champion Zhang Weili.
The final time followers noticed Jedrzejczyk contained in the Octagon was manner again in March of 2020, when she and Chinese language rival Zhang placed on a five-round epic at UFC 248 which was hailed as among the many biggest contests girls’s MMA has ever seen.
The Pole was on the mistaken finish of cut up determination that evening as Zhang retained her strawweight title, whereas Jedrzejczyk was left nursing horrific head swelling brought on by a hematoma which in keeping with some made her “appear to be an alien.”
The previous 115lbs ruler has not been seen since contained in the Octagon since, inflicting her to be faraway from the UFC rankings.
Nonetheless, Jedrzejczyk does have one combat left on her present contract and is eager to make 2022 the 12 months of her return – focusing on revenge in opposition to Zhang.
“Everybody thinks I’m not within the UFC anymore,” Jedrzejczyk informed media in her homeland (and translated by MMA Combating).
“I’m, I simply dropped out of the rating as a result of I haven’t fought for a dozen or so months, however I’m coming again and combating. It would most likely be Zhang Weili.”
Since their contest, Zhang has misplaced the strawweight crown with back-to-back defeats in opposition to Rose Namajunas.
‘Thug Rose’ is subsequent set to defend the title in opposition to longtime contender Carla Esparza, paving the way in which for Jedrzejczyk vs Zhang II.
“I assumed it is perhaps Carla Esparza, however [it’s] confirmed that she is the following to combat for the championship,” Jedrzejczyk stated.
“Someplace there may be [Maria] Rodriguez, who additionally fights Yan [Xiaonan] in March, and [then it] turns into Zhang Weili. I don’t see some other combat. Simply going for the belt.
“Dana [White] made me a suggestion to combat for the championship, however I must wait till November-December and I don’t need to wait. I need to combat.”
Final 12 months, Jedrzejczyk stated she “deserves an even bigger piece of the cake” when contemplating her UFC future, prompting promotion chief Dana White to reply that the Polish star “ate loads of cake when she was champion.”
“She was the champ, she did very, very nicely, deservedly. She’s a little bit savage and I like that child,” White added.
If it does find yourself being Zhang who welcomes Jedrzejczyk again to the Octagon, followers will likely be salivating on the prospect of one other all-out battle.
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