Much to the dismay of previous No. 1 women's strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, the reports were indeed true.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White confirmed that Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0) will be defending her 115-pound title against Canadian striker Valerie Letourneau (8-3) in the co-main event of the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) inside Etihad Stadium on Sun., Nov. 15, 2015 (more on that card here).
"Trouble" is fresh off her unanimous-decision romp over Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night 74 back in August. Letourneau is undefeated in UFC with a 3-0 record.
"Joanna Champion," meanwhile, will defend her 115-pound title for the second time after previously bullying Jessica Penne in the UFC Fight Night 69 headliner back in June.
She is also coming off an injury to her finger, similar to the one incumbent strawweight top contender Gadelha is nursing.
Gadelha was tapped to face Jedrzejczyk in a title rematch after the former dominated former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) import Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190 just last month. Jedrzejczyk previously won a controversial decision over the Brazilian in Dec. 2014 at UFC on FOX 13.
The 26-year-old needed three months (from the date of diagnosis in August) to treat a partially-torn ligament in her middle finger, but laments that she would "be ready by December or January," which would put her on course for a previously scheduled clash with Jedrzejczyk at UFC 195 on Sat., Jan. 2, 2016.
That said, this isn't the first instance of a women's title shot being revoked.