As Joanna Jedrzejczyk sets her sights on tying and beating Ronda Rousey’s record for title defenses, the strawweight champ is also eyeing a move to the flyweight division.
The Polish star is booked to fight Rose Namajunas at UFC 217, which will go down on November 4th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. If Jedrzejczyk scores a win on that night, it will mark the sixth time she’s defended the 115 crown. That would tie the amount of times Rousey defended a title, when she sat atop the 135 division.
Jedrzejczyk recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the 30 year-old had this to say about her plans for the future (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Now I feel great. I feel healthy. I make my weight very easy, but who knows? This year I want to be focused on my strawweight belt, tie Ronda Rousey’s record of six title defenses and in March I want to fight one more time in the strawweight division and after that we will see.
“I may go up to the 125 division. It’s all about the right time and the right decision, so we will see.”
“I want to keep proving to people that I’m simply the best and I’m the champion for a reason,” Jedrzejczyk added. “This will be my sixth title defense. I want to clean out the strawweight division and that’s what I’m going to do.”
You can understand why Jedrzejczyk is considering making the move. If you look at the rankings in the strawweight division, the vaunted striker has already defeated three of the top five ranked contenders, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade.
Namajunas is currently ranked #4, so if Jedrzejczyk defeats her, that would only leave the #5 ranked Tecia Torres that she hasn’t faced. So, many would argue that holding victories over the top five ranked contenders, definitely counts as having cleaned out the division.
But, first things first: Jedrzejczyk has to get by Namajunas, who has a diversified attack and looked extremely impressive in taking out Michelle Waterson in April. “Thug’s” only loss in her last five fights was to Kowalkiewicz, and that was by split decision.