After Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) claimed the UFC strawweight title from Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 this past weekend in a intently criticized split resolution, Jedrzejczyk (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) appears completely posed to get a possibility to fight for the belt.
First, obviously, she has to get through her rematch with Zhang Weili at UFC 275 on June 9, which is able to be no straightforward process. Jedrzejczyk is confident she can get it done, though, and dash on to voice Esparza.
It’s a smartly-recognized voice, on fable of Jedrzejczyk successfully went through it earlier than. After Esparza gained the inaugural 115-pound belt from Namajunas in December 2014, her reign would hasty reach to an discontinuance devoted a few months later courtesy of a lopsided TKO take dangle of for Jedrzejczyk.
Jedrzejczyk couldn’t command why Esparza and Namajunas placed on this form of dud, nonetheless no longer she sees the new champ as a juicy target.
“I don’t know what came about, nonetheless while you would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps presumably moreover very smartly be feeling – that first spherical wasn’t ethical. The 2d wasn’t, and generally or no longer it is essential to enact one thing to get the victory,” Jedrzejczyk urged journalists on Monday’s UFC 275 media day. “Even paying a huge worth. However I don’t know what came about. Til the discontinuance of the fight I believed Rose bought it, nonetheless no. Like Carla, I genuinely view she used to be going to question better. I was esteem, ‘This girl goes to question better. She has so many take dangle of hotfoot.’ However for me, she seemed the identical as when we fought for the belt seven years previously in Dallas. And history likes to create a circle. And shortly (I’m) to be the champ.”
Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought in bigger than two years. The frail longtime UFC titleholder last competed in March 2020 when she had a Fight of the 300 and sixty five days war with Weili at UFC 248, dropping by unanimous resolution.
The pair are keep of abode to speed it relieve in the featured bout of UFC 275, which takes space at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore and airs on pay-per-learn following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
Despite the prolonged smash from competition, Jedrzejczyk acknowledged she’s motivated to be relieve and is pushed to get revenge over Weili earlier than but another rematch with Esparza that can perhaps perhaps presumably moreover lead to UFC gold.
“Earlier than I settle for the fight with Weili Zhang, I knew that I was going to fight for the belt,” Jedrzejczyk acknowledged. “After the first fight with Weili Zhang, I knew that I was going to be the following one in line. Every so often it takes time and pretty a few ladies wish to fight for the belt as smartly and I Excellent wanted to be relieve. Right here we dash, we now accept as true with a huge fight. Fighting Weili Zhang for the 2d time is a broad motivation for the me on fable of I could perhaps also be better daily.”