Joanna Jedrzejczyk the UFC straw weight champion will fight Claudia Gadelha July 8 in Las Vegas at the Ulitmate Fighter 23 finale. They are opposing coaches on TUF 23 and as hoped there is true ill will between the two. The fighters got into a bareknuckled brawl the last day of TUF.
Joanna has a split decision victory of Claudia back in December 2014 on the FOX 13 card. That victory gave Joanna a title shot which she won and has defended twice. Claudia has only fought once since then and won a decision over Jessica Aquilar.
At the EA Sports media event Joanna has said that Claudia has not done enough to earn a title shot and that she has already broken her.
“I saw her every day for six weeks, so we became kind of ‘friends,’” said Jedrzejczyk, as transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “It wasn’t hard. it was funny and I was enjoying every moment. I think it was hard for her. She might go crazy a little bit because one day I was nice, the next day I wasn’t. So, who knows?
“This fight started when they announced ‘TUF’ and announced our fight on Jan. 17 in Boston. I think I broke her already, but I cannot help (that) – it’s me, ‘Joanna Champion.’ I’ve just got to make sure I put on good preparations and I’m going to win the fight on July 8.”
“I think she doesn’t deserve to fight for the title. I’ve fought three times since last time; she fought just one time after our fight. But OK, she’s a challenger, she’s still No. 1 (behind me) in the strawweight rankings, so she kind of deserves it. I’m happy that I’m going to face her. I’ve got so much respect for her. She’s a very good athlete. Her jiu-jitsu is amazing. But I am complete. I am a champion.”