Dana White Wants Joanna Jedrzejczyk To Return To Strawweight, Joanna Says Only For A Title Shot


Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk suffered a decision loss to newly crowned UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 231.

The fight at UFC 231 was Jedrzejczyk’s flyweight division debut, but it looks like Jedrzejczyk is going to be returning to strawweight -- but only for a title shot, because she thinks the current champion, Rose Namajunas, won't defend her title in time. 

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“Rose has only four months left to defend, because otherwise, she might lose the belt if she doesn’t fight,” Jedrzejczyk said after the event. “I was a pretty busy champion. Other champions are pretty busy. But if you don’t defend your title once a year, you lose the belt.”

Joanna said she plans on sticking around at Flyweight otherwise.

Jedrzejczyk won the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title at UFC 185 and defended it five times before losing the gold to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.

UFC President Dana White agrees with Jedrzejczyk and would like to see her return to strawweight.

“I love her, she’s such a great fighter and such a good person,” White said. “I actually consider her a friend. I want her to take some time off, go spend some time with her family and then we’ll get together and talk about it. But I’d like to see her stay at [115 pounds]. “

There is no word yet on when Jedrzejczyk plans on fighting again, but she does sit at #1 in the UFC Women’s Strawweight Division rankings.

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