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.
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.”
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.