Budding mixed martial arts (MMA) star and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk will not be defending her belt in a rematch against Brazilian No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha anytime soon.
That's because the Nova Uniao product was informed by her doctor that rehab is in order and that her injured finger will need to be "immobilized" after she sustained a partially torn ligament -- of which she was facing a six-month medical suspension for -- during her UFC 190 main card fight with former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 115-pound champion Jessica Aguilar.
"I partially tore a ligament in my middle finger. The doctor gave me three months to be 100 percent and do anything with that hand. I will spend 20 days with my finger immobilized," Gadelha told Brazilian outlet Combate (via Bloody Elbow). "I'm already feeling better, I can move it, but I will need three months to punch with this hand again, so I believe the fight could happen in January."
The 26-year-old most recently dominated "JAG" at UFC 190 (highlights here), which was her first Octagon win since suffering a close split-decision loss to "Joanna Champion" last December.
Meanwhile, one of UFC's biggest European stars, Jedrzejczyk, bludgeoned the face of Jessica Penne over and over for three rounds until their UFC Fight Night 69 main event was stopped back in June.
Surely she will understand what Gadelha is going through, having incurred a broken finger herself following her thrashing of Penne in Berlin, Germany, which she had surgery to repair back in July (pic here).
For now, Gadelha will have to withstand the urge to fight, while Jedrzejczyk is making plans to train with this "Rowdy" champion prior to their impending Octagon dance.