Joanna Jedrzejczyk bounced back from her previous loss to Valentina Shevchenko on Saturday night at UFC Tampa. The former UFC strawweight champion bested number seven-ranked Michelle Waterson, winning a unanimous decision verdict that likely puts her in front of the line of possible title contenders.
In August, Jedrzejczyk already expected to receive a title shot after her next win, and once that was achieved, she wasted no time making her intentions known to current champion Weili Zhang.
She even knows where she wants the fight to take place, if it were up to her.
“That’s what’s next,” Jedrzejczyk said of a fight against Zhang during a post-fight scrum. “I had a few interviews with the Chinese outlets and they asked me about that fight. They are super pumped. They want this fight to happen in Poland.
“Let’s do it in the National Stadium for 60,000 people. Let’s wait for spring. I will heal my foot. Of course, Weili is the champ, it’s her decision but let’s make this happen. I’m ready. More than ready.”
According to Jedrzejczyk, she suffered a broken foot in the middle of the fight, but chose to soldier on and continue.
“I think I broke (my foot) at the end of second round or the third round,” she said. “In the fifth round I was like, ‘Ok, I shouldn’t kick with this foot.’ I felt pain.
“But then I was like f—k it, what’s the worst that can happen? I’m going to break it in three pieces, they’re going to put it together.”
Jedrzejczyk now holds a record of 16-3 (with 5 wins by stoppage).