Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, has abandoned the 115-pound weight class after losing consecutive title fights to Rose Namajunas. After all, why stick around and keep the gate when the flyweight title is up for grabs?
Similarly, Valentina Shevchenko came up empty in her attempt to dethrone Amanda Nunes, who currently rules the 135-pound roost. So like her Polish counterpart, “Bullet” will shoot to 125 pounds for the right to claim gold.
“I went through many championship rounds in the UFC,” Jedrzejczyk told TSN.ca (transcribed by Versace). “It will be my twelfth fight in the UFC, nine for the belt, so it means a lot. I’m the real deal and after I beat Valentina on Saturday I will become the G.O.A.T. of women’s MMA so I’m very excited, it’s my big motivation and it’s my next big challenge. I’m looking forward to it.”
Capturing the flyweight title would certainly put Jedrzejczyk in the running, but we also have the champion vs. champion “super fight” between Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes later this year. The winner of that featherweight showdown might have a stronger claim to the title of “best ever.”
Jedrzejczyk vs. Shevchenko is set for the UFC 231 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, going down this Sat. night (Dec. 8, 2018) inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a fight card headlined by the featherweight tussle between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega.
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