Joanna Jedrzejczyk eyes titles in two divisions

May 12, 2017 11:36 am by Evan Bell
Joanna Jedrzejczyk

UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has ruled over the women’s 115 pound division for two years, defending her belt four times during her reign.

This weekend, Jedrzejczyk will look to make it five straight title defenses as she steps into the Octagon against Jessica Andrade this weekend at UFC 211. With that being said, the champ hasn’t forgotten about her ultimate goal, to become the first UFC women’s two-division champion now that the UFC has created a women’s flyweight division.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Jessica Andrade

She spoke to MMAJunkie:

“I’m excited to be back in Dallas – I won my belt in this same arena two years ago,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie. “I’m happy to be here breaking new records – fifth title defense. But Jessica Andrade is my next big challenge. There are no easy fights when you hold the belt for two years – you know they’re watching you. All eyes are on you. The only thing you can do is work harder than before.”

“I want to reach higher goals,” she said. “You’re going to see me fighting for a while. I want to be undefeated, and maybe next year you’ll see me fight for the second belt. Why not? It’s a big challenge … we’ll see. It’s going to be a big deal to get a title shot at 125, but I was waiting for that announcement.”

“My goal is to retire as undefeated champion. I know it’s going to be difficult. When you reach the top, people want to see you falling down. But I’ve done so much for this sport, for myself, that even if I retired after this fight or the next fight, I’d be super happy. I made my dreams and goals come true. Other people can stay jealous.”

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Only time will tell if Jedrzejczyk is able to capture UFC gold in another division and cement her place as the biggest star in WMMA today.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/11/2017.


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