Joanna Jedrzejczyk attempts to reclaim the strawweight title at the UFC 248 event on March 7 when she takes on newly-crowned champ, Zhang Weili.
Jedrzejczyk (16-3-0) recently spoke to the UFC unfiltered podcast about the upcoming bout. The 32-year-old compares Zhang Weili to Jessica Andrade in terms of fighting style, she believes the fight will go down similar to her 2017 one against Andrade.
“Definitely ‘and the new,’ but she’s strong animal,” Jedrzejczyk said. “She’s so big. She’s huge, and she throws very hard punches, but I’m more experienced, I think, through these championship bouts so many times, so I’m a real fighter. My conditioning is always on point, and I will have to be very clever, very sneaky, as well, and I think this fight with Zhang will be similar to the fight with Jessica Andrade.”
“They both are very, very similar fighters,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Going forward, throwing loopy punches, looking for good wrestling, like strong wrestling. They’re not very technical fighters, but they’re very, very strong, so I think this fight is going to be very similar. I have to cut the angles, slip, counter, use my timing, my length, my reach. There’s much more coming.”
After suffering a pair of decision losses to Rose Namajunas in 2017, losing her 115-pound belt and unsuccessfully reclaiming it in the rematch, Jedrzejczyk says she has gone back to her roots and believes her recent win over Michelle Waterson shows that.
“I’m back to the roots,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I put more combos – it’s not only boxing or kicks. I put more combinations, as I used to do in muay Thai and at the beginning of my MMA fighting career, and it’s good. I’m very proud of myself, how I showed up in my last fight with Michelle Waterson. I think I sent a strong message to the strawweight division. Good striking, good wrestling, everything was on point.”
UFC 248 takes place on March 7th, 2020, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The main card featuring Weili vs. Jedrzejczyk will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.