After coming up short in her bid to reclaim the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight title at UFC 223 last month against Rose Namajunas (recap), Joanna Jedrzejczyk opted to make a quick turnaround to face Tecia Torres at the upcoming UFC on FOX 30 event on July 28, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
And though she tossed around the idea of moving up to the newly-created women’s flyweight division, Joanna says that is something that won’t take place until after she reclaims the 115-pound strap.
And it could come sooner than later if she gets through Torres.
“I am very happy to fight Tecia. The good thing is she fought Jessica Andrade in her last fight, she lost that fight. But (sic) Jessica Andrade is going to be the challenger for Rose Namajunas. So I am very happy to face Tecia Torres and get the title shot after this fight,” she stated during a recent interview on The MMA Hour.
“That’s the plan. I know more than you guys and I am very happy to have this fight. Tecia Torres is a real warrior so I am very happy to face her. She was training at American Top Team for a long time, she left a year ago. I think it’s good and it will be a very interesting fight.”
When asked if discussions were indeed had with UFC matchmakers regarding her No. 1 contender status should she get a win, Joanna had this to say.
“I believe I am going to get title shot after this fight. But I said I could have a lot of fights before I get title shot, I went through this in 2014 and 2015. I want this belt and I will get it back, mark my words.”
Despite the second straight championship loss to Namajunas, Joanna’s confidence and belief in herself hasn’t wavered one bit, saying she still feels like a champion without the belt. Whether or not UFC actually pulls the trigger on a trilogy fight with Namajunas, is another story.
But to officially become division queen again, Joanna first must cross the first bump in the road in “Tiny Tornado.”