Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk was on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show on ESPN on Monday. At the beginning of their interview, Helwani told the Polish striker that many of the UFC’s female flyweights were not happy about her jumping the line to fight Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant 125-pound title.
To this revelation, Jedrzejczyk had something to say.
“I’m so sorry, don’t be jealous,” Jedrzejczyk said (transcript via MMA Mania). “There are not so many dedicated fighters like me and not that many with that big legacy.”
“I am always willing to fight and UFC knows this. I was supposed to take a long break, but I don’t know if that will happen now. Like I said, I am always open to move up and fight for the belt against Shevchenko.”
Shevchenko was supposed to fight inaugural champion Nicco Montano at UFC 228 two weeks ago. The fight, however, was scrapped because the latter was pulled off the matchup a few days before fight night due to complications from a bad weight cut.
According to Jedrzejczyk, the fight against Shevchenko will likely happen sooner than later.
“There’s a big chance that this happens,” she said. “If this fight is going to happen it’s going to happen this year.”
After a two-fight skid against current 115-pound champion Rose Namajunas, Jedrzejczyk got back into the win column with a unanimous decision win over Tecia Torres in late July.