After suffering a second straight loss to Rose Namajunas this past weekend (Sat., April 7, 2018) in the co-main event of UFC 223 (see it again here), Joanna Jedrzejczyk might be reconsidering a change in divisions.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Strawweight champion tells MMANYTT that while reclaiming the 115-pound strap is still her top priority, she is not opposed to make a a leap up to 125 pounds for at least one fight.
“It would definitely be a more healthy solution. After 15 years in the sport, my metabolism is wearing out. We have some limits – even though I think limits are only in our heads, time goes on,” Jedrzejczyk said. “But I still feel young, my last camp was the best camp in my life.”
Joanna ran into some weight cutting issues prior to her first loss against “Thug Rose” at UFC 217 in November of 2017, but seemed to have all of her ducks in a row for the rematch. That didn’t seem to matter, as Namajunas did enough to earn a unanimous decision victory.
A move up a weight class 10 pounds heavier will definitely lighten the load of the weight-cutting process.
“We will see, perhaps I will have one debut fight in flyweight, but getting strawweight belt is definitely still my goal. Many people ask me about the trilogy, as I said, I don’t know,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I don’t know if Rose will still be the champion. I still feel hunger to fight the best, to reach the highest trophies, as I felt for 15 years of my career. So it’s my intention to fight for the UFC belt again.”
Of course, as long as Namamjunas remains the 115-pound champion a trilogy fight will likely not to see the light of day. Still, Joanna has never been the type to say “never.”
“Will Rose remain champion? I don’t know, we will see. As we saw, she just defended her title for the first time. Congratulations, our fight was excellent, and I’m really proud of that. We will see, perhaps we will have a trilogy. We should prepare for that,” she concluded.
If she indeed moves up to the 125-pound division, it doesn’t sound like a prolonged run is in order, which means there will have to be a special opponent lined up for “JJ” in order to make it worth her — and UFC’s — while.