There are now three championship fights on tap for UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden on November 4th. UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk used Fox Sports’ Twitter account to break news of her title defense on the show, which will come against Rose Namajunas:
via @ProCast: @joannamma will fight at UFC 217 to tie @RondaRousey's record for title defenses! But who will she face? pic.twitter.com/529tokkW1V— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 12, 2017
The UFC also confirmed the bout:
BOOM— UFC (@ufc) September 12, 2017
THREE title fights hit MSG as @JoannaMMA takes on @RoseNamajunas @TheGarden for #UFC217‼️ pic.twitter.com/6lFPqn7fxC
Jedrzejczyk (14-0, 8-0 UFC) will be looking to break Ronda Rousey’s record for most title defenses by a female when she puts her belt up for the 6th time. She’s coming off a dominant decision win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in May.
Namajunas (6-3, 4-2 UFC) is coming off a big submission win over Michelle Waterson at a UFC on Fox show in April. Namajunas has challenged for the title before, making the finals of TUF 20 to crown a new champion, but she fell to Carla Esparza. Jedrzejczyk crushed Esparza to win the title in her next fight and has held it ever since.
The headliner of UFC 217 will see middleweight champion Michael Bisping defend against returning legend Georges St-Pierre. In addition to that, Cody Garbrandt will meet T.J. Dillashaw for the bantamweight title.