Joanna Jędrzejczyk down for flyweight title fight with Valentina Shevchenko

Joanna Jedrzejczyk says she’s more than willing to face Valentina Shevchenko for the currently vacant UFC women’s flyweight title.

After Dana White announced that Nicco Montano was stripped of the flyweight title at UFC 228, Jędrzejczyk’s name was immediately thrown in the mix as a potential title challenger.

The former strawweight champion (15-2) has kept herself busy outside of the cage since her win over Tecia Torres in July, but she says that “I’m very open, but I must sit down and discuss some things. We’ll see what’s going to happen.” Talking to MMA Junkie, Jedrzejczyk also said,

“Who knows – maybe this year. The thing is, I’m very open to move up and face Valentina. I always want to face the best athletes, the best fighters in the world, and Valentina is one of the greatest Muay Thai and also MMA fighters. 

The former Joanna Champion has plenty of motivation to face the Kyrgyzstani/Peruvian fighter. “Bullet” defeated Jedrzejczyk not once, not twice, but three times during their Muay Thai kickboxing careers. 

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But the Polish fighting sensation says that winning the flyweight belt would fulfill another ambition:

One of my biggest dreams is becoming a champion in the 125-pound division and becoming a champion in two different divisions. I’m still dreaming about it, and I know it’s going to happen sooner than later.”

What do you think? Should Joanna fight Valentina for the vacant flyweight belt? If they do fight, who would take the title?





Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.


  1. I’m ashamed to say that, although I think the current top flyweights are more deserving, the JJ/Shevchenko fight is the one I’d prefer seeing. It’d be an interesting one given JJ’s aggressiveness and Shevchenko’s counterstriking. Unfortunately for JJ, Shevchenko has a far better TD & ground game that she has put to use against much bigger fighters than JJ.

  2. JJ needs to earn it by beating some other top flyweight first. She lost to the Bullet three times in Muay Thai and is coming off two MMA losses.

    1. Mmmyeah, about that… The rankings don’t mean a great deal just now with the division being so new; a “Top Flyweight” at this point in time would be so in name only, as you’d be hard pushed to find anyone in that division that’s even fought three times at 125, let alone be on a win streak. Both JJ and V-Shev have more quality wins to their UFC records than anyone else in that division, so that earn/deserve angle can be done away with easily. While I’d prefer to see Blonde Fighter in with Bullet (not ‘cos I like Katlyn but ‘cos it ‘feels’ right to me) at the end of this year, I’m not entirely against this ‘fight to make’, as so many seem to be calling it.

    2. The 3 losses were in a different sport a decade+ ago. While it seems bizarre to me to offer a title fight to someone that is coming off two MMA losses at a lower weight division, the UFC established the precedent when they offered Holly a chance at the FW title against GDR. She was 3-1 in her last 4 fights when she challenged Cris for the title. The UFC is all about what will be the biggest draw and JJ is far more well known than either Katlyn or Liz.

      1. JJ took a W in her most recent fight, neither a thrilling nor contentious/hard-fought W but whatever… I agree about all the other stuff though, JR.

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