COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Rose Namajunas or Zhang Weili: It’s that easy for Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
“I’m enthusiastic on only combating one of them,” Jedrzejczyk educated MMA Junkie.
A daring assertion, considering Jedrzejczyk (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is 2-4 in her past six fights dating wait on to November 2017 and that bustle began with wait on-to-wait on title fight losses to Namajunas. Since then, Jedrzejczyk has alternated wins (Tecia Torres, Michelle Waterson) and losses (Valentina Shevchenko, Weili) and fallen quick in making an are attempting to explain UFC gold at flyweight.
All of this has attain after Jedrzejczyk began her career 14-0 and defended the 115-pound title five times. That great bustle, blended along with her blended outcomes since shedding the belt, reputedly hold constructed up fair credit for Jedrzejczyk with the UFC, as she remains No. 2 in the official rankings in the wait on of only Namajunas and Weili.
Nonetheless Jedrzejczyk additionally has remained lazy for 15 months and counting. The final time she became once considered within the octagon, she became once nearly unrecognizable with a huge browhematoma suffered in her “Fight of the 12 months” loss to Weili – one other failed title are attempting – at UFC 248.
“I set on a hell of a conflict, and I’m jubilant with myself,” acknowledged Jedrzejczyk, adding that she’s yet to stare the fight. “Yeah, man, I misplaced. We constantly hold to perceive, but it’s no longer easy. I’m jubilant with myself. Even supposing it became once shut, would possibly well lumber either intention, I misplaced. I will’t attain the relaxation about (that) and fair work even more sturdy and snatch my next fight.”
About that: Assuming Jedrzejczyk sticks to her guns, it’s that you just perhaps also can imagine her octagon return also can very properly be prolonged even longer. Even supposing Namajunas finished Weili to alter into a two-time champ on April 24 at UFC 261, there’s discuss of a in an instant rematch. Complicating the combination of skill matchups at the tip of the division is Carla Esparza, whose TKO of high contender Yan Xiaonan final month pushed her worthwhile mosey to 5. Esparza, who beat Namajunas in 2014 to explain the inaugural 115-pound title, has known as for a rematch in hopes of doing what Jedrzejczyk additionally needs to attain – snatch UFC gold a second time.
There are two ways Jedrzejczyk would possibly well return sooner than later. If Esparza obtained the title shot, perhaps Jedrzejczyk and Weili would possibly well bustle things wait on. Or the categorical scenario for Jedrzejczyk: She’s granted a title fight trilogy vs. Namajunas.
It’s all up in the air.
“I don’t know what’s next. I would purchase to fight perhaps in September, but I’m playing my lifestyles,” Jedrzejczyk acknowledged. “I purchase to attain other stuff exterior the gym and octagon. Let’s search what’s gonna happen next. Let’s search who Rose is appealing to fight next, on account of I’m only enthusiastic on gigantic fights. I do know that of us are saying that I misplaced and I would possibly well gathered purchase some decrease-rating girls, but I’m no longer in actuality enthusiastic after inserting on ‘Fight of the 12 months’ with Zhang Weili.”
She continued, “Anything can happen, you know? It’s a gigantic industry, and I appreciate that. I fair purchase my residing and wait. I will’t rep pushed to attain things I don’t hold to attain. My legacy is so gigantic. … I deserve what’s only – what’s only for me.”