Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been impressive in her five-year professional MMA run, so far. In the UFC alone, she already racked up five consecutive title defenses against formidable opponents at the strawweight division.
As she moves forward as champion, barreling through one challenger after another, it may seem like Jedrzejczyk is running out of opponents at 115-pounds that could give her a run for her money. With that in mind, she is now looking towards another phase of her career.
“Now I feel great. I feel healthy,” Jedrzejczyk said on the 400th episode of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “I make my weight very easy, but who knows? This year I want to be focused on my strawweight belt, tie Ronda Rousey’s record of six title defenses and in March I want to fight one more time in the strawweight division and after that we will see.
“I may go up to the 125 division. It’s all about the right time and the right decision, so we will see.”
Jedrzejczyk will defend her title for the sixth time against Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 on November 4th in New York City. It was plan that she had in mind since her previous fight against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 last May.
“It was my goal to fight on this card. At that time, six months ago, I didn’t know GSP was going to fight on this card,” Jedrzejczyk said. “People are saying I only want to fight on big cards, but this isn’t true – at the time I didn’t know Georges St-Pierre was going to fight at MSG.
“The other thing, you get taxed an extra eight percent in New York, so this is not about the money. I set my dreams and I follow my plan everyday, that’s why I’m so successful.”
Jedrzejczyk vs. Namajunas is one of three title fights on the card slated to take place at Madison Square Garden.