Despite flyweight title fight on December 8, Joanna Jedrzejczyk reveals plans to move back down to strawweight in 2019

Joanna Jedrzejczyk battles Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant UFC flyweight title in the co-headliner of the UFC 231 pay-per-view event on December 8.

Joanna plots move back down to strawweight in 2019.

Jedrzejczyk (15-2) spoke about the upcoming fight during a recent chat with FloCombat. The former strawweight champ says she’s feeling better than ever at flyweight.

I actually feel great,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I feel my body is recovering better, I sleep better, I eat better, I’m in a better mood. So I’m enjoying this process more than I used to. This is what Mikey Brown said so many times: ‘J, you most move up and enjoy your life.’

My weight is low,” she continued. “I’m trying to even eat more to keep higher weight because I don’t want to put on too much weight ’cause I don’t want this extra weight to impact my training. But I feel good. I feel strong. It’s been great. It’s something new. I don’t know how to go through the weight cut. The last few days aren’t going to be that easy or that funny but still. It’s something new and it’s been a while since I fought in the flyweight division. Let’s see what’s going to happen on Dec. 8. I believe I’m going to be better in the flyweight division.”

The 31-year-old says she plans to move back down to the 115-pound division in 2019 in a bid to recapture the belt she once held for over two years.

Yes, I will go back. Definitely I will go back,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Somehow yes, I want to face myself, go through the weight cut again, drop to 115. I’m not having problems with the weight. I want to go through this and face the champion again. I hope that Rose Namajunas has been a great champion for the UFC, she’s been the champion for a year now.

When I lost the belt, I was like, ‘What’s now?’ It’s been a year already. I’m happy. I have a bunch of great fans. I have a life outside the Octagon. But I want to face the champion in the strawweight division next year.”

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UFC 231 takes place on December 8 from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main card featuring Shevchenko vs. Jedrzejczyk will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.

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6 comments

  1. if Joanna wins the UFC may as well shutter this division. it’s been a flop since it opened and has only served as a second chance for flunkies from other divisions and a chance for fighters who otherwise would never have made the UFC roster to come and stink up the cage, and that’s what they’ve done for the most part. I suggest building a division around someone they deem a star and potential long term champ and let things form that way. this 125 thing is not working well and the fans have shown almost no interest in it outside of the idea of Joanna vs Valentina.

      1. Joanna has 2 team mates that each have 3 fights in the division already. as does Jessica Eye and some others. if you must reply to me, don’t waste my time with hyperbole and factoids, thanks.

    1. Mr. Glass, how do you know what most fans have expressed interest in ? Just because YOUUU don’t like the division ! Give it time ! Sheez !

      I do think it’s ridiculous that if Joanna should somehow win, she would still consider going back to 115. There’ve been some minor upsets lately at flyweight with Gillian Robertson and Lauren Mueller both losing by sub in last couple months, so there are some dark horses (the folks that beat them and others) that are going to make things interesting the next few years.

      1. by reading comments on articles and tweets about this division, how do you think? haha, when people are loudly calling for a fighter they live to hate to come and “rescue” a botched title in the division it also speaks volumes. learn to listen.

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