Jedrzejczyk focused on 115-pound title, eyes flyweight division in future

Posted: 05/05/2017 in MMA, Sports
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The UFC’s newest division can breathe a little easier.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk spoke to the media Thursday, and one topic of concern was whether she was planning to jump up to the 125-pound division after she attempts to defend her strawweight title for a fifth consecutive time against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in Dallas next Saturday.

On Wednesday, it was revealed the UFC is planning to start a women’s flyweight division after it prematurely announced it would be the basis of the 26th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Jedrzejczyk previously mentioned interest in a flyweight championship, but she’s not in a hurry to chase one now that it’s close to becoming a reality.

“A year ago I said I wanted to be a champion in two divisions and people were like, ‘Oh, Joanna is going a little bit crazy’ because I was talking about this,” said Jedrzejczyk. “But I’m happy that the UFC did this move and that they’re going to ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ with the 125ers. It’s amazing.

“The thing is that I’m focused on my next fight with Jessica Andrade at UFC 211. It’s my goal to defend my title for the fifth time and definitely this year I will fight just in the strawweight division. But who knows what’s going to happen next year. Definitely if I get this opportunity to fight for the second belt, I will do that.”

Prior to joining the UFC in 2014, Jedrzejczyk competed primarily as a flyweight, though the move down to 115 pounds has been nothing but beneficial, as she’s won all seven of her fights inside the Octagon to improve her professional record to 13-0.

She believes the UFC following in the footsteps of some of its competitors can only aid the growth of her chosen profession.

“I’m really happy because in other organizations there are more female divisions. … We need these divisions from 135 to 125 because girls who have trouble making 115, they will go up. Female MMA is getting bigger and bigger, people want to watch female fighters, so it was a good move. Good decision, the right decision.”

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