“She’s Taking Fights That Excite Her” – Dana White Provides An Update on Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s Return to the UFC

Published 10/13/2021, 3:08 PM EDT
GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Dana White gave an update to fans about Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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Joanna hasn’t fought in the UFC since March 2020. Her last fight was against Zhang Weili for the UFC strawweight championship at UFC 248. Even though Joanna lost the fight via a split decision, it was a fight to remember. Both fighters won the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.

UFC President Dana White, in the press conference after the latest episode of Dana White’s Contender Series, was asked about the future of the strawweight division. Marina Rodriguez recently took on Mackenzie Dern in a strawweight division matchup. Rodriguez came out victorious via a unanimous decision. The win for Rodriguez got many people talking of a potential fight between her and Jedrzejczyk.

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Dana, in the press conference, talked about Marina’s fight and a fight between her and Joanna in the future. Dana said, “It was a great fight. I thought it was a great fight. She did what she needed to do to win that fight. And I thought that Mackenzie looked awesome too.”

“That is a fun fight. I don’t disagree. I love Joanna Jedrzejczyk. I’ve had a great relationship with her since day one. I know fighters don’t get paid around here, but Joanna Jedrzejczyk is very rich. She’s living her best life. I think she’s taking fights that really excite her. I don’t know if this one does. I’ll find out, though,” Dana added.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Marina Rodriguez – The Matchup

Marina Rodriguez cemented her name as the #4 ranked strawweight after a win against Mackenzie Dern at UFC Fight Night 194. The fight was a constant back and forth where Marina eventually came up on top because of her superior striking game.

A fight between Marina and Joanna will surely be an exciting one. Marina is on a three-fight win streak and a fight with Joanna will definitely boost her chances of getting a title shot. The two fighters are very similar in their fighting styles and even have a similar reach.

Joanna and Marina both have a 65-inch reach. Their striking accuracy is also very similar to each other, with Joanna landing 46 percent of her strikes and Marina landing 49 percent. Joanna has attempted almost 2000 more strikes than Marina in the octagon.

 

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Joanna recently posted on her Instagram that she would soon return to the octagon. Joanna, in her post, said, “NEXT LEVEL! I’ll be performing soon, and I can’t wait. Can’t wait to step into the @ufc Octagon again.”

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If these two are matched against each other, the fans are sure to be entertained as both fighters like to dish it out in the middle of the octagon.

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What do you think of this match-up? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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