Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, opened the door for a slew of 115-pound contenders by stopping Joanna Jedrzejczyk at the recent UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event in New York City.
They shouldn’t get their hopes up.
That’s because promotion president Dana White is in favor of Jedrzejczyk getting an immediate rematch, based on her previously undefeated record and extended period of dominance over the strawweight division.
"I don't know yet, but it makes sense,” White told reporters at Tuesday’s media scrum (per Adam Hill of Las Vegas Review-Journal). “It's a good fight for Rose and a good fight for Joanna. We'll see."
Namajunas, who was ranked No. 4 when she stepped into the cage on fight night, turned the division on its head by smashing Jedrzejczyk in the very first round (video). It was a performance that impressed everyone except the ex-champion.
Who vows to be more arrogant in defeat.
Nothing is official at this time, but it’s hard to imagine the promotion passing on a Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk rematch in favor of a lesser draw, like 115-pound bruiser and former title contender Jessica Andrade.
Though I wouldn’t mind seeing the winner of this fight get a crack at the crown.