Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is confident that she should fight the winner of the title fight Weili Zhang–Rose Namajunas, which will be held on April 24 in the co-main event of the UFC 261 .
Jedrzejczyk has not fought since last March, when she dropped out a split decision from Zhang in the “Fight of the Year” at UFC 248. Since then, Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been busy outside of the Octagon with other businesses, and she has enjoyed spending time. Rest and relax, especially during COVID-19. However, she still plans to fight again and hopes to be able to return to the Octagon and get a title fight soon.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com, Jedrzejczyk said that she told UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard that she wants to fight the winner of UFC 261’s Namajunas vs. Zhang fight.
“I called Mick [Maynard] a few days ago and I just told him ‘you know what the baddest b*tch on the planet is back’ so book the fight, watch this fight and tell everybody that I’m next,” Jedrzejczyk said.
“I was waiting for this fight. It’s COVID time, so that’s the only reason why the belt was not stripped. Because once a year you have to defend the belt. But we’re having COVID times but when I was the champ, I was defending this belt like crazy.”
Joanna Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought since losing to Zhang, so it’s hard to say she should be here and claim a title fight if she hasn’t won a single fight since. As good as Jedrzejczyk is, she already has a loss to Zhang and two losses to Rose Namajunas, so it’s unclear if the UFC will give her an immediate title fight or if the promotion can count on the winner of the Carla Esparza vs. Yan Xiaonan match. instead, the next title shot. In any case, it’s always good to state your position, so maybe Joanna Jedrzejczyk will still get the next title fight.