Joanna Jedrzejczyk is hungry for gold in all forms: championship belts, currency and ... sugary confections.
Jedrzejczyk, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight queenpin, has not competed since losing a “Fight of the Year”-worthy (watch highlights) split decision to Zhang Weili at UFC 248 in March 2020. In a new interview, Jedrzejczyk revealed she wants more than what she has been getting in negotiations with UFC.
“I feel like I deserve a bigger piece of the cake,” Jedrzejczyk told Ariel Helwani on MMA Fighting’s The MMA Hour. “I don’t see myself fighting out of the UFC but there are people who are interested in having me, putting big money on the table. It’s big. I’m a UFC soldier.
“I feel like I sell the pay-per-views, but I don’t get any points anymore,” she continued. “But, I’m not complaining. I’m not the champ anymore, but I feel like I deserve a little bit more. I will discuss this at the table with Dana, with the matchmakers, I feel good. I want to be back to the UFC octagon soon.”
The former champ plans to wait for Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang 2 to play out at UFC 268 before making her next move; however, a No. 1 contender eliminator match might also work.
“There are so many fights, but stupid fights,” Jedrzejczyk said. “But, I’m waiting for Rose and Weili. The winner or I can take even the second place. I just want to put on big fights. Dana [White] knows. Dana is a businessman but Mick [Maynard], he has a different job and he has to make his own money. I bet he makes money out of making fights. But we have a different agreement with Dana and Dana always backs it up.
“I remember what UFC told me after the fight that I can take as much time as I can and I will be back to the top fighting the best. So I’m guessing the champion or the No. 1 [contender]. That’s it.”
UFC 268: “Usman vs. Covington 2” takes place on Sat., Nov. 6, 2021, inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y., streaming online via ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV).
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