Joanna Jedrzejczyk may be getting another chance to reclaim the title she once held. According to American Top Team owner Dan Lambert, they’ve made an agreement with the UFC, granting the former strawweight champion an immediate title shot if she wins her UFC San Francisco main event fight against Michelle Waterson.
“I guess I’ll tell you after camp and how the weight cut went. She has the best chance to get a title shot at strawweight,” Lambert told BJPENN.com. “The UFC told her with a win she gets a title shot. I’m happy to see her have a clear path to get a title shot.
“With no clear path, she was not going to rush back. I’m happy to see her back training.”
Jedrzejczyk dropped the title to Rose Namajunas in November 2017, and failed to reclaim it in the rematch five months later. So when “Thug Rose” lost the belt to current champion Jessica Andrade, Lambert and the team were more than pleased. Jedrzejczyk defeated Andrade in May 2017, her fifth successful title defense at the time.
“From Joanna’s standpoint, the path to a title shot is quicker with Jessica holding the title. Selfishly speaking we were hoping for Jessica,” Lambert said. “She has to defend her title first [against Weili Zhang], and who knows how that goes. After Joanna’s and Jessica’s fight if they both win, the UFC will make that fight.”
UFC San Francisco is scheduled to take place on October 12th at Chase Center, marking the company’s debut event in the city.