Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk claims she was already aware of Dana White confirming a Strawweight title shot for the winner of her rematch with Zhang Weili which takes place at UFC 275 this weekend.
Jedrzejczyk will be returning to the Octagon more than two years after facing Weili at UFC 248, a fight that is seen as the greatest women’s MMA fight of all time. The fight ended with Weili, the then Strawweight champion retaining her title with a split decision win over Jedrzejczyk.
Now, the two former champs are set to cross paths once again on the undercard of UFC 275 heading to the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 11th June. While its the first fight for Jedrzejczyk in over two years, Weili is coming off of two back to back losses against Rose Namajunas last year.
Even during the buildup to the fight, many expected that the winner of the highly anticipated matchup between the two former champions will be on the line to get a shot at the Strawweight title currently around the waist of Carla Esparza and it reached confirmation a couple days ago as Dana White himself attributed Jedrzejczyk vs Weili 2 as a title eliminator.
“This would definitely be that whoever wins this will definitely fight Esparza for the title,” the UFC prez had said in an interview with MMA Underground on Tuesday.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk says she and Zhang Weili both deserve the title eliminator
Jedrzejczyk, however, claimed that she already knew that her rematch with Weili was going to be a title eliminator, which the Polish fighter also believes both her opponent and she herself deserves.
“I knew that. I would not sign (a bout) agreement for this fight if I didn’t know that I was going to be next after winning. So yeah, I knew that. I’m not surprised. It’s good. I feel like we both deserve,” Jedrzejczyk said at the UFC 275 media day, “I’m ready for anything and everything. I’m in the best shape ever, and I know Weili Zhang is, as well.”
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