Joanna Jedrzejczyk looking to make a major statement in eventual MMA return

It has been a year-plus since the MMA world has seen Joanna Jedrzejczyk in action. There may be a chance fight fans won’t have to wait any longer. Jedrzejczyk’s comeback fight, if all goes according to plan, may be against a familiar opponent.

The former UFC Strawweight Champion last competed at UFC 248 in March 2020. Her fight against Zhang Weili was one for the history books, as the two took each other to the limit. Some deemed the bout was deemed Fight of the Year.

Weili won via split decision to defend the UFC Strawweight Title. Since then, she has lost two in a row to Rose Namajunas, who previously beat Jedrzejczyk for the title back in 2017. Jedrzejczyk has been making media appearances in Poland since the fight while also taking an extended vacation. Whenever she returns, Jedrzejczyk told Kanal Sportowy she would like to run it back against Weili.

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“Everyone thinks I’m not in the UFC anymore,” Jedrzejczyk said via Sport.pl. “I am, I just dropped out of the rankings, because I haven’t fought for a dozen or so months. But I’m coming back and fighting (the No. 1 contender). It will probably be Zhang Weili.”

A five-time gold medalist in the Muay Thai World Championships, Jedrzejczyk (10-4) made her MMA debut in 2012, joining the UFC in 2014. She won the UFC Strawweight Title in 2015 against Carla Esparza, defending the title five times, losing it to Namajunas via TKO.

Jedrzejczyk went on to say that she had an opportunity to wait to face the winner of the next strawweight title fight. That fight may very well be Namajunas defending the title in a rematch years in the making against Esparza. Those two fought for the belt in 2014, with Esparza coming out the winner. After sitting out for an extended period, Jedrzejczyk is eager to get back inside the Octagon, which is why she wants to face Weili.

“I thought it might be Carla Esparza, but [it’s] confirmed that she is the next to fight the championship,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Somewhere there is [Maria] Rodriguez, who also fights Yan [Xiaonan] in March, and [then it] becomes Zhang Weili. I don’t see any other fight. Just going for the belt.”

“Dana [White] made me an offer to fight for the championship, but I would have to wait until November-December and I don’t want to wait. I want to fight.”

Since her last successful title defense against Jessica Andrade in May 2017, Jedrzejczyk is 2-4 in her last six fights and 2-2 in her last four. She has attempted to capture the UFC Flyweight Title in the past and tried to regain her former glory with the Weili fight.

If the rematch was to take place, Jedrzejczyk has a chance to redeem herself. As of now, the UFC has not revealed any plans for the Polish fighter.

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