Joanna Jedrzejczyk has confirmed that her next UFC fight will be for the strawweight belt. The longtime champion suffered an upset first-round knockout defeat to Rose Namajunas at the recent UFC 217 event, resulting in the loss of the belt as well as her undefeated record.
“I know what I want in life. Just like I’ve done for the last two years, the last 14 years of my career, it will be the same next year,” Jedrzejczyk told InTheCagePL. “I back up my words — I don’t just talk. I already spoke to the UFC, and my return is set. My next fight will be for the title belt. I don’t know if Rose is going to want to fight in a month, in January or in February. I’ll spend the next two months in Poland with my family.”
Jedrzejczyk shuts down the idea of a tune-up fight, because in her mind, she remains the queen of the division, crediting herself as the woman who built the division.
“I don’t need to have a fight to get ready. It’s not like I wasn’t prepared for that fight. I don’t have any reproach for myself because of it,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I know it looks different from the outside and a loss is a loss. If you weren’t standing there in the Octagon, if you didn’t feel that day and if you didn’t feel that loss, why it ended the way it did… People just don’t know.”
“Rose was very shocked, like the rest of the world. Like I’ve said, she won in a beautiful fashion, but the belt is mine. I’ve built this weight class. I’m the queen of this weight class and I always will be. You can believe it or not.”
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