Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be staying with the UFC for the foreseeable future.
The former strawweight champion is set to make her highly-anticipated return against Weili Zhang at UFC 275 on June 11 in Singapore. The fight serves as a rematch of their UFC 248 title fight that Zhang won by split decision, in what was one of the best fights of all time.
Ahead of the fight, Jedrzejczyk signed a new six-fight deal with the promotion that will see her end her career in the UFC.
“It’s a multiple-fight deal,” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Fighting. “I always said that I want to retire in the UFC, and of course, people would love to see me doing this or that after, but I feel like if I retired from MMA, I would retire from the UFC, the best MMA league in the world. I don’t want to go somewhere and fight for this bigger money. Money is not everything. I’ve saved enough money for myself, for my kids, for my grandkids probably, but it’s not only about the money. You need to have this pride in you and you have to know what to do and how to prioritize some things. This is what I’m trying to do.”
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4) has not fought since she suffered the split decision loss to Zhang at UFC 248 for the strawweight belt. Prior to that, she beat Michelle Waterson by decision to return to the win column after losing to Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight belt.
The Pole has struggled as of late as she is just 2-4 in her last six but all four losses are in title fights. The other two losses during this run came to Rose Namajunas as Jedrzejcyzk suffered a TKO loss to Namajunas to lose her belt and then lost a decision as she looked to reclaim her belt. Her other win was a decision victory over Tecia Torres.
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